copyright 1905; illustrations by J. Watson Davis; A.L. Burt Company publishers, New York; hardbound; many b/w illustrations; inscribed (pencil, inside front board) "To Donald, From Mother" - see pic; pages very good condition with minimal ageing/soiling; boards quite good with minimal ageing/soiling; no dust jacket.
The History of Tom Thumb -
In the days of King Arthur, Merlin, the famous enchanter, was out on a journey, and stopped one day at the cottage of an honest ploughman to ask for refreshment. The ploughman's wife brought him some milk in a wooden bowl, and some brown bread on a wooden platter.
Merlin could not help observing that, although everything within the cottage was particularly neat and in good order, the ploughman and his wife had the most sorrowful air, so he questioned them about the cause of their distress, and learned that they were miserable because they had no children. The poor woman declared that she would be the happiest creature in the world if she had but a son, although he were no bigger than his father's thumb. Merlin was very much amused at the thought of a boy no bigger than a man's thumb; and as soon as he returned home he sent for the Queen of the Fairies and related to her the desire of the ploughman and his wife to have a son the size of his father's thumb...