London: A. and C. Black, 1915.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 8" x 6", xi, 266 pp + publisher's catalogue (including other volumes in the "Wonder Tales" series) and 12 color plates, in lovely pictorial binding featuring a Djin (genie) on a flying carpet. Small tear in cloth at head of spine, very slight rubbing to corners and foxing to fore edge. Charles Folkard (1878-1963) was a prolific British illustrator of children's books, most for A. & C. Black. He also created the first daily cartoon strip, Teddy Tail, which debuted in 1915. Lucy Mary Jane Garnett (1849–1934) was a British folklorist and traveller best known for her work in present-day Turkey, Northern Greece and Albania. She published several books of folklore and ethnography of the region, some aimed at children and others for adults. Althought the stories in this volume are written at a level suitable for children, the book includes a Forword in which Garnett explains her use of the term "Ottoman" (noting that "this volume will be found to comprise tales current not only among the Mohommaden subjects of the Sultan, but also among the various races professing other creeds who form so large an element in the population of the Ottoman Empire") and details the differences among supernatural beings found in the tales of different cultures.