|Fables and Fairy Tales||Stories Before 1850||Stories After 1850||Periodicals and Annuals||Religious Books, Bibles, Hymns, etc||Books of Instruction||Nursery Rhymes and Alphabets|
|Movable and Toy Books; Myths and Heroes||Poetry, Verse and Rhymes; Games||Games and Pastimes||Natural Science||Geography and Travel||History and Biography||Mathematics|
|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]|
|Date:||No date but c.1811-1830|
|Publisher:||W. Darton, 58, Holborn Hill|
|Pages:||1 vol., 36pp.|
|Size:||14 x 9 cm|
|Illustrations:||Two copperplate engravings|
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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