Friday, 10 October 2014
William E Burton, Cyclopedia of Wit and Humor 1858
Fig 1(above) : Artist unknown, Illustration from 1958 William E Burton, The Cyclopedia of Wit and Humor.
Little Red Riding Hood in 1827 by James N Baker was later reprinted in 1858 in a book of collected stories edited by William E Burton, The Cyclopedia of Wit and Humor.
The 1858 reprint of this version of the story features a wood engraving (artist unknown) of a clothed wolf on bended knee holding Little Red Riding Hood's hand.
Illustrations of the wolf dressed as a dapper gentleman are contradictory to the usual interpretations of the story related to the false grandmother where the wolf dresses in the grandmothers clothing and awaits the arrival of Red Riding Hood in the grandmothers bed.
Fig 1: Artist unknown, William E Burton, W. E, The Cyclopedia of Wit and Humor 1958.