Title: Chakmaki Baksa o Apurba Rajbastra [The Tinderbox and The Emperor’s New Clothes]
Author: Translated form the English by Madhusudan Muhkopadhyay
Publisher: The Vernacular Literature Committee
Printer: Printed at the Tuttobodhinee Press by Arunchunder Vedantavagees
Date & edition: 1876
Price: 1 anna
About the book:
The book translates two of Andersen’s tales from their English versions. The first is a fairy story of a soldier who recovers a tinderbox from an underground treasure-den. With the help of its magical powers he soon becomes a king and is able to marry a princess. The second is the story of a vain emperor who is swindled by two rogues and made to parade in an ‘invisible’ robe supposedly fashioned out of the ‘finest cloth’. While the emperor, his escorts and the entire crowd gathered are unwilling to admit that they cannot see the robe lest they reveal themselves to be stupid, it is a child who honestly exclaims that the king is naked.
Illustrations: Wood cut illustrations in black and white
Genre: Bengali Family Library. Fairy Tale.
Source: The British Library
Pages from the book:
1. Cover page
References consulted for this entry
Carpenter, Humphrey and Mari Prichard. The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature.