Wollaston. Anwar-i-Suhaili, or Lights of Canopus

Today's free book is The Anwar-i-suhaili; or, Lights of Canopus, commonly known as Kalilah and Damnah, being an adaptation of the Fables of Bidpai translated by Arthur N. Wollaston . For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


I. The Pigeon who wished to travel

II. The young Hawk who was reared in the nest of a Kite

III. The Old Woman's Cat who betook herself to the King's Court

IV. The Mechanic's Son who became a Warrior and conquered many countries

V. The Leopard who recovered his father's kingdom


I. The Merchant and his Three Sons

II. The Monarch and his Two Sons, one humble-minded, the other proud and indifferent

III. The young Crow who was fed by a Hawk

IV. The Prodigal Mouse

V. The Monkey who tried to imitate the Carpenter in sawing a plank

VI. The Two Travellers, one of whom was courageous and persevering, the other timid and slothful

VII. The Fox who was deceived by the appearance of a Drum

VIII. The Devotee who left his home in pursuit of a Thief

IX. The Sparrow who was revenged on the Hawk

X. The Tyrannical Monarch who became in the end a just King

XI. The Crow who encompassed the death of the Snake

XII. The Heron who lost his life in endeavouring to destroy the Crab

XIII. The Hare who planned the capture of the Fox, and was herself entrapped

XIV. The Hare who encompassed the death of the Lion

XV. The Three Fish in a pond, and the fate that befell them

XVI. The Scorpion and the Tortoise

XVII. The Goose and the Moon, which he imagined to be a Fish

XVIII. The Dispute between the Hawk and the Domestic Fowl

XIX. The Rustic and the Nightingale

XX. The Hunter who planned the capture of the Fox, but was killed by the Leopard

XXI. The Wolf, the Crow, and the Jackal who encompassed the death of the Camel

XXII. The Spirit of the Ocean who scorned the Water-fowl

XXIII. The Tortoise and the Geese

XXIV. The Bird who gave advice to the Apes

XXV. The Two Companions who found a Purse of Gold

XXVI. The Frog who encompassed the death of the Snake, and was in turn devoured by the Weasel

XXVII. The Lion who formed an acquaintance with a Bear

XXVIII. The Merchant whose iron was stated to have been eaten by a Mouse


I. The Fox who coveted a Fowl and let slip a piece of Skin

II. The Ass who, in search of a Tail, lost his Ears

III. The King's Attendant who disclosed a secret and lost his life

IV. The Recluse who assumed the reins of government, and thereby lost his life

V. The Blind Man who mistook a Snake for a Whip, and lost his life

VI. The Enlightened-minded Saint who, by attending on the King, saved a Derwish from mutilation

VII. The Woman who mistook a Slave for her Friend

VIII. The Three Envious Persons who were all punished

IX. The Ignorant but Pretentious Doctor who killed the King's Daughter, and thereby lost his life

X. The Treacherous Falconer and his Parrots


I. The Crow, the Mouse, the Pigeon, the Tortoise, and the Deer

II. The Partridge who associated with a Hawk, and thereby lost his life

III. The Camel-driver, the Snake, and the Fox

IV. The Woman who sold shelled Sesame for the same price as that unshelled

V. The Wolf who was killed by biting in twain a bow-string

VI. The Greedy Cat who lost her life in attempting to carry off a Pigeon from the Dove-cot


I. The Owl and the Crow

II. The King of Kashmir who lost his life through disclosing his secret to his Minister

III. The origin of the dispute between the Crows and the Owls

IV. The Hare who constituted herself an Ambassador from the Moon

V. The Partridge and Quail, who were devoured by the sanctimonious Cat

VI. The Judge who wept at his own incapacity

VII. The Robbers, who by stratagem obtained possession of the Devotee's Sheep

VIII. The Merchant's Wife, who on seeing a Thief, became reconciled to her Husband

IX. The dispute between the Thief and the Demon, whereby the Devotee preserved his life and property

X. The Carpenter who was cajoled by his Wife

XI. The Ape, who sacrificed his own life to avenge his friends

XII. The Mouse which was turned to a Girl, but ultimately reverted to its original form

XIII. The infirm Snake, who obtained food by attendance on a Frog

XIV. The Sparrow, who revenged himself on the Snake


I. The Tortoise and the Ape

II. The Ape who acted as sentinel over the King

III. The Fox who endeavoured to persuade the Lion that the Ass had neither heart nor ears


I. The Devotee who rashly destroyed the Weasel who had saved his own child's life

II. The Holy Man who, when building castles in the air, broke the pitcher containing his stock of honey and oil

III. The King who, in a fit of rage, killed his favourite Hawk


I. The Mouse who, to secure his own safety, made friends with the Cat

II. The Rustic's Wife who, through want of integrity, lost her life

III. The Frog who met with misfortune owing to associating with a Mouse


I. The King and the Lark

II. The Thieves who were discovered owing to the Cranes

III. The Old Woman and her sick Daughter

IV. The Minstrel and the King

V. The Invalid who consulted a Doctor for one ailment and was treated for another

VI. The King of Turkistan and his enemies

VII. The Wolf who refused to listen to the admonition of the Devotee

VIII. The Arab and the Baker


I. The Lion and the Jackal

II. The Flies and the dish of honey

III. The King of Baghdad who killed his own Slave to benefit his kingdom

IV. The Envious Man who killed himself to insure the death of a neighbour

V. The King of Yaman and his Chamberlain


I. The Lion and the Archer

II. The Tyrant whose stock of wood caught fire

III. The Boar who ate the fruits belonging to the Ape


I. The Hebrew-speaking Devotee, and the foolish Guest who wished to learn that dialect

II. The Crane who tried to imitate the Hawk

III. The Man with the two wives, one of whom plucked out the white hairs, and the other the black

IV. The Hunter and his Fish

V. The Crow who tried to imitate the walk of the Partridge


I. The King of Hind and his subjects

II. King Sulaiman and the Heron

III. The King whose wrath was subdued on hearing three letters read

IV. The Pigeon who rashly killed his mate


I. The Goldsmith and the Traveller

II. The Prince who kept company with a Shoemaker


I. The Prince who wandered forth an exile, but ultimately gained a kingdom

II. The Rustic whose money unexpectedly came back to his hands

III. The Old Man who, through destiny, found a box of jewels

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