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The True Story Book

Edited by Andrew Lang
Illustrated by Henry Ford and others

Andrew Lang's famous colored Fairy Books were in fact only part, rather less than half, of a larger series of storybooks for children. Among the lesser-known books of the series are two collections of true stories. Here there are no fairies, no witches, no giants, but there are princes, and among them is the best, bravest, most gallant and daring prince in history. Joining him in this collection are soldiers, sailors, pirates, adventurers and explorers. There are brave men fighting for king and country, daring escapes from prisons and dungeons, and ordinary men and women who did the right thing, even when it was dangerous.

Among the stories in this volume are the conquest of Mexico; the adventures of Bonnie Prince Charlie in Scotland; the last stand of the Spartan three hundred at Thermopylae; the story of the wild boy Kaspar Hauser; the adventures of Miguel Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote; the worthy enterprise of John Foxe, an Englishman who rescued over two hundred Christian slaves from the Turks; and the saga of Lief the Lucky, the discoverer of America.

365 pages. 8.5" by  5.5"
67 illustrations

A full list of children's books edited by Andrew Lang can be found here.
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Full Contents:
  • A Boy among the Red Indians
  • Casanova's Escape
  • Adventures on the Findhorn
  • The Story of Grace Darling
  • The 'Shannon' and the 'Chesapeake'
  • Captain Snelgrave and the Pirates
  • The Spartan Three Hundred
  • Prince Charlie's Wanderings
  • Two Great Matches
  • The Story of Kaspar Hauser
  • An Artist's Adventure 
  • The Tale of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift 
  • How Lief the Lucky found Vineland the Good
  • The Escapes of Cervantes
  • The Worthy Enterprise of John Foxe
  • Baron Trenck
  • The Adventure of John Rawlins
  • The Chevalier Johnstone's Escape from Culloden
  • The Adventures of Lord Pitsligo
  • The Escape of Caesar Borgia from the Castle of Medina del Campo
  • The Kidnapping of the Princes
  • The Conquest of Montezuma's Empire
  • Adventures of Bartholomew Portugues, a Pirate
  • The Return of the French Freebooters