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PRE FACE.

It is no longer thought needful to apologise for a collection of folk-tales. They are not even the peculiar property of the children any longer; the gravest scholars do not disdain to examine and discuss them, and all parts of the world, from Mongolia to Cafraria, are ransacked to produce them. Here is presented a little gathering of these wild flowers, plucked not for their scientific interest,—though that they possess,—but for the wild fresh perfume that clings about them.

Poland, Russia, Bohemia, and Servia have contributed stories to this little collection. It may be said that the Bohemian tales, perhaps through the genius of the poets who have preserved them, have, in their original form, more art, more grace, more completeness of outline, than the others. Those from Poland reflect the passive virtues and genial warmth of the peasants whose lives they illustrate. A greater simplicity, amounting even to childishness, will be found to characterise the Russian stories. Those from Servia are in some features unique, and may be found the most interesting of the series. The exalted imagination of the Servian race is allied with keen and homely sense, and their vigorous and beautiful romances called forth the admiration of Goethe. It is hoped that these varied characteristics may not wholly have evaporated in translation.

The translator makes no claim to the honour of having collected these stories. He has selected his materials from the Polish of K. W. Wojcicki ; from the Russian of M. Maksimovich, B. Bronnitsuin, and E. A. Chudinsky; from the Bohemian of K. J. Erben, M. Mikssichek, J. K. Z. Radostova, and J. K. Tyl; and lastly, from the Servian of W. S. Karajich. Wojcicki's work has appeared in German, and the Servian collection has been excellently rendered in the same language by the daughter of W. S. Karajich. But none of these tales, as far as the translator is aware, have hitherto appeared in an English dress.

J. T. N.

LONDON, April, 1874.

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The Wonderful Hair
Story of Vasilisa with the Golden Tress, and of Ivan

the Pea
The Emperor Trojan's Goat's Ears
The Language of Animals
The Evil Eye
Huntsman the Unlucky
How to Choose a Wife ...
The Plague
Golden Hair
The Plague and the Peasant
Handicraft above Everything ...

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Ivan Krochina

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Right and Wrong
Men.Wolves
Yanechek and the Water Demon
Spirit Treasures ...
Just Earnings are never Lost ...
Story of Little Simpleton
Jonek
The Maiden who was Swifter than the Horse
The Book of Magic
The Wise Judgment
Twardowski
The Maiden who was Wiser than the King ...
Madey
The Long-desired Child
The Wicked Wood-Fays
The Wonderful Bird

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Wisdom and Fortune

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The Three Brothers
The Brownie, or House Spirit ...
All about Twopence

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