Cinderella is one of the best-known fairy tales in the western world. The basic elements of the story we know today can be found in the folk traditions of many countries. The earliest known written version comes from 9th-century China. The earliest European version is from the Pentamerone (1634) by the Italian Giambattista Basile. However, the version which is probably most familiar today stems from a collection of French literary tales published in Paris in 1697, Histoires ou Contes du temps passé; avec des Moralitéz, by Charles Perrault. It was translated into English in 1729. Cinderilla, as it was first titled, became the most popular of Perrault’s tales and was often printed on its own as a chapbook.
The version shown here was published by John Marshall. His text sticks closely to the Perrault original with the exception that it omits Perrault’s customary moral from the end of the story.