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Fables and Fairy Tales. 0047: Anon., Histoire de Whittington et son Chat. Traduit de L'Anglais

Author: Anon.
Title: Histoire de Whittington et son Chat. Traduit de L'Anglais par A. F. E. Lépée ... enrichi de gravures en taille douce [i.e. with copperplate engravings]
Cat. Number: 0047
Date: No date but c.1811-1830
1st Edition:
Pub. Place: London
Publisher: W. Darton, 58, Holborn Hill
Price: Unknown
Pages: 1 vol., 36pp.
Size: 14 x 9 cm
Illustrations: Two copperplate engravings
Note: In French

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Page 003 of item 0047

Introductory essay

The story of Whittington and his Cat was based on the life of Sir Richard Whittington (d.1423), a real historical figure, but by the seventeenth century the story had become more akin to a fairy tale. The tale has several elements in common with a number of European and Persian stories (notably the cat - see The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, p.148). It was in print as a ballad and a play by 1605, but had probably existed as a piece of popular literature well before that. The 1605 ballad was possibly by Richard Johnson (?1573-?1659), author of numerous pieces of popular literature including The Seven Champions of Christendom and (probably) a prose version of The History of Tom Thumbe ... by R.J., in print by 1621.

For other versions of the Whittington story in the Hockliffe Collection, see 0036, 0048, 0043 and 0122.

Carpenter, Humphrey & Pritchard, Mari, The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, Oxford: OUP, 1984