Puss-in-Boots, Jr. – David Cory (1920)

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Puss-in-Boots, Jr. – David Cory (1920)

S$152.00

Title: The Adventures of Puss-in-Boots, Jr., Further Adventures of Puss-in-Boots, Jr., Puss-in-Boots Jrs. in Fairyland, Puss-in-Boots, Jr. in New Mother Gooseland
Author: David Cory
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap. No date, most likely 1920. Scarce.
Condition: Four volume set in slipcase. Wear to slipcase. Books small hardcovers with dust jackets. Minor wear to dust jackets, including small tears. Books themselves in mint condition. Pictorial endpapers, colour frontispiece and black and white illustrations throughout all the books.

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Titles of books in the set:

The Adventures of Puss-in-Boots, Jr

Further Adventures of Puss-in-Boots, Jr.

Puss-in-Boots Jrs. in Fairyland

Puss-in-Boots, Jr. in New Mother Gooseland

About Puss-in-Boots (from Wikipedia):

Master Cat; or, The Booted Cat” commonly known in English as “Puss in Boots”, is a European literary fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master. The oldest record of written history dates from Italian author Giovanni Francesco Straparola, who included it in his The Facetious Nights of Straparola (c. 1550-53) in XIV-XV. Another version was published in 1634, by Giambattista Basile with the title Cagliuso. The tale was written in French at the close of the seventeenth century by Charles Perrault (1628–1703), a retired civil servant and member of the Académie française. The tale appeared in a handwritten and illustrated manuscript two years before its 1697 publication by Barbin in a collection of eight fairy tales by Perrault called Histoires ou contes du temps passé.  The book was an instant success and remains popular.

Perrault’s Histoires has had considerable impact on world culture. The original Italian title of the first edition was Costantino Fortunato, but was later known as Il gatto con gli stivali (lit. The cat with the boots); the French title was “Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités” with the subtitle “Les Contes de ma mère l’Oye” (“Stories or Fairy Tales from Past Times with Morals”, subtitled “Mother Goose Tales”). The frontispiece to the earliest English editions depicts an old woman telling tales to a group of children beneath a placard inscribed “MOTHER GOOSE’S TALES” and is credited with launching the Mother Goose legend in the English-speaking world. “Puss in Boots” has provided inspiration for composers, choreographers, and other artists over the centuries. The cat appears in the third act pas de caractère of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty, for example, and makes appearances in other media. Puss in Boots is a popular pantomime in the UK.