Tom Thumb

Frontispiece, 4F Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. ''The History of Tom Thumb'' was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father's thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur. The earliest allusions to Tom occur in various 16th-century works such as Reginald Scot's ''Discovery of Witchcraft'' (1584), where Tom is cited as one of the supernatural folk employed by servant maids to frighten children. Tattershall in Lincolnshire, England, reputedly has the home and grave of Tom Thumb.

Aside from his own tales, Tom figures in Henry Fielding's play ''Tom Thumb'', a companion piece to his ''The Author's Farce''. It was later expanded into a single piece titled ''The Tragedy of Tragedies, or the History of Tom Thumb the Great''.

In the middle 18th century, books began to be published specifically for children (some with their authorship attributed to "Tommy Thumb") and, by the middle 19th century, Tom was a fixture of the nursery library. The tale took on moral overtones and some writers, such as Charlotte Yonge, cleansed questionable passages. Dinah Mulock however refrained from scrubbing the tale of its vulgarities. Tom Thumb's story has been adapted into several films. Provided by Wikipedia

by Thumb, Tom
Published 1771
Printed and sold by Kneeland and Adams, in Milk-Street

by Thumb, Tom
Published 1730
printed for W. Trott, in Russel Court by Drury-Lane