African Folklore Books at Internet Archive

I've now retired from my job teaching at the University of Oklahoma, and one of my retirement projects is exploring the incredible resources available at the Internet Archive. When I first started this blog years ago, I was using the Internet Archive as a source for public domain texts... but now the Internet Archive has "controlled digital lending," which means it is a resource for all kinds of books, not just books in the public domain. So, my focus now is on writing blog posts about folklore books you can borrow from the Internet Archive. I'm doing that at this blog: A Look at Laura's Bookshelf... and the slideshow below contains slides for all the books I'm writing about. Enjoy!

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Dulac. Sindbad the Sailor

Today's free book is Sindbad the Sailor and Other Stories from The Arabian Nights by Edmund Dulac. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive.

The First Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Third Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Fifth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor


The Story of the First Calender
The Story of the Second Calender
The Story of the Third Calender


Adler-Ramsay. Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales

Today's free book is Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales by Cyrus Adler and Allan Ramsay. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books. You can get a free Kindle ebook from Amazon, and there's a free audiobook from LibriVox.

How the Hodja saved Allah
Better is the Folly of Woman than the Wisdom of Man
The Hanoum and the Unjust Cadi
What happened to Hadji, a Merchant of the Bezestan
How the Junkman travelled to find Treasure in his Own Yard
How Chapkin Halid became Chief Detective
How Cobbler Ahmet became the Chief Astrologer
The Wise Son of Ali Pasha
The Merciful Khan
King Kara-Kush of Bithynia
The Prayer Rug and the Dishonest Steward
The Goose, the Eye, the Daughter, and the Arm
The Forty Wise Men
How the Priest knew that it would Snow
Who was the Thirteenth Son?
Paradise sold by the Yard
Jew turned Turk
The Metamorphosis
The Calif Omar
Kalaidji Avram of Balata
How Mehmet Ali Pasha of Egypt administered Justice
How the Farmer learned to cure his Wife: A Turkish Aesop
The Language of Birds
The Swallow's Advice
We know not what the Dawn may Bring Forth
Old Men made Young
The Bribe
How the Devil lost his Wager
The Effects of Raki

Patten. Folk Tales and Myths

Author. TitleToday's free book is Junior Classics: Folk Tales and Myths by various authors, edited by William Patten (1912). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust and Project Gutenberg (I have not checked for other online sources).

Table of Contents

Stories from Northern Sagas
The Northmen’s Story of How All Things Began
How the Queen of the Sky Gave Gifts to Men
The Dwarfs and the Fairies
How Thor Went to Jötunheim
How Thor’s Hammer Was Lost and Found
Iduna’s Apples of Youth
How the Fenris Wolf Was Chained
The Story of Balder the Beautifu
The Wonderful Quern Stones
The Story of Brunhilda and Siegfried
Brunhilda and the Magic Sword
Brunhilda’s Sleep Guarded by Loki’s Fiery Arm
How Siegfried Killed the Dragon
How Siegfried Finds Brunhilda
The Story of Lohengrin
The Plot Against the Beautiful Elsa of Brabant
[4]The Knights of the Holy Grail
Lohengrin the Champion of Elsa of Brabant
Ortruda Plots for Revenge
The Departure of Lohengrin
The Wooing of the Daughter of the King of Ireland
Three Tales of the Rhine
The Lady of Kynast
The Guardian Angel
The Giant Who Laughed at a Dwarf
The Legend of Saint Christopher
Prince Ivan and the Gray Wolf
King Robert of Sicily
Myths of Greece and Rome
The Riddle of the Sphinx
The Gift of Athene
Daphne, Child of the Morning
The Vengeance of Apollo
The Story of Arion
The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice
Orpheus the Sweet Singer
Niobe, a Victim of Latona’s Jealousy
The Sad Story of Pyramus and Thisbe
The Twelve Labors of Hercules
Hercules’s Search for the Apples of Hesperides
The Story of Cupid and Psyche
How Phaëton Drove the Sun
Baucis and Philemon Changed into Two Trees
The Paradise of Children
Two Tales of the Hudson
Rip Van Winkle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Some Animal Myths of Various Lands
The Hare Who Thought the World Had Come to an End
A Hindoo Tale translated from the Jataka
The Watering of the Saplings
A Hindoo Tale translated from the Jataka
The Old Hare and the Elephants
A Hindoo Tale translated from the Hitopadeca
The Elephant Has a Bet With the Tiger
A Tale from the Malay Peninsula
How the Tortoise Out-Ran the Deer
A Tale from the Amazon River
Which was the Stronger, the Tortoise, the Tapir, or the Whale?
A Tale from the Amazon River
How the Turtle Got His Shell
A Tale from New Guinea
The Legend of Rata
A Maori Myth
Why the Hippopotamus Lives in the Water
A West African Myth
Why the Elephant Has Small Eyes
A West African Myth
The Boy Who Set a Snare for the Sun
An American Indian Myth
The Bird Lover
Wunzh, the Father of Indian Corn
When Brer Wolf Have His Corn Shucking
A Tale told by the Georgia Negroes
Brer Rabbit’s Cool Air Swing
A Tale told by the Georgia Negroes
Three Stories of the Seasons
The Four Seasons 
The Three Lemons  
The Winter-Spirit and His Visitor

Clarke. Story of Aeneas

Today's free book is Story of Aeneas by Michael Clarke. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books. You can get a free Kindle ebook from Amazon too!

Vergil, the Prince of Poets

The Gods and Goddesses

1. The Wooden Horse

2. Aeneas Leaves Troy — The Harpies — Prophesy of Helenus — The Giant Polyphemus

3. A Great Storm — Arrival in Carthage

4. Dido's Love — The Funeral Games — Ships Burned by the Women

5. The Sibyl of Cumae — The Golden Bough — In the Regions of the Dead

6. Aeneas Arrives in Latium — Welcomed by King Latinus

7. Alliance With Evander — Vulcan Makes Arms for Aeneas — The Famous Shield

8. Turnus Attacks the Trojan Camp — Nisus and Euryalus

9. The Council of the Gods — Return of Aeneas — Battle on the Shore — Death of Pallas

10. Funeral of Pallas — Aeneas and Turnus Fight — Turnus Is Slain

Humishuma. Coyote Stories

Today's free book is Coyote Stories by Mourning Dove,  Humishuma (1933), with illustrations by Heister Dean Guie. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources). You can read more about Mourning Dove at Wikipedia.

Table of Contents

1. The Spirit Chief Names the Animal People
2. Fox and Coyote and Whale
34 Coyote Fights Some Monsters
IV. Chipmunk and Owl-Woman
5. Coyote and the Buffalo
6. Why the Flint-Rock Cannot Fight Back
7. How Turtle Got His Tail
8. Why Skunk's Tad. Is Black and White
9. Rattlesnake and Salmon
10. Coyote Meets Wind and Some Others
11. Why Gartersnake Wears a Green Blanket
12. Coyote Quarrels With Mole
13. How Coyote Happened To Make the Black Moss Food
14. Why Spider Has Such Long Legs
15. Why Badger Is So Humble
16. Coyote Juggles His Eyes
17. Why Marten's Face Is Wrinkled
18. Crawfish and Grizzly Bear
19. Coyote and Wood-Tick
20. Why Mosquitoes Bite People
21. The Gods of the Sunlamp the Moon
22. Porcupine Learns the Sun Dance
23. En-am-tues—The Wishing Stone
24. Chickadee Makes a Shoo'-mesh Bow
25. Coyote and Chickadee
26. The Arrow Trail
27. Coyote Imitates Bear and Kingfisher

Jacobs. Fables of Aesop

Today's free book is The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by Richard Heighway. You can find out more about this book in the Aesop's Fables (Jacobs) unit of the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

This book is available at Internet ArchiveHathi Books, and Google Books. You can find the stories listed and linked in Diigo.

1. The Cook and the Pearl (Perry 503) 
2. The Wolf and the Lamb (Perry 155) 
3. The Dog and the Shadow (Perry 133)
4. The Lion's Share (Perry 339)
5. The Wolf and the Crane (Perry 156)
6. The Man and the Serpent (Perry 51)
7. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (Perry 352)
8. The Fox and the Crow (Perry 124)
9. The Sick Lion (Perry 481)
10. The Ass and the Lapdog (Perry 91)
11. The Lion and the Mouse (Perry 150)
12. The Swallow and the Other Birds (Perry 39)
13. The Frogs Desiring a King (Perry 44)
14. The Mountains in Labour (Perry 520)
15. The Hares and the Frogs (Perry 138)
16. The Wolf and the Kid (Perry 98)
17. The Woodman and the Serpent (Perry 176)
18. The Bald Man and the Fly (Perry 525)
19. The Fox and the Stork (Perry 426)
20. The Fox and the Mask (Perry 27)
21. The Jay and the Peacock (Perry 472)
22. The Frog and the Ox (Perry 376)
23. Androcles and the Lion (Perry 563)
24. The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts (Perry 566)
25. The Hart and the Hunter (Perry 74)
26. The Serpent and the File (Perry 93)
27. The Man and the Wood (Perry 302)
28. The Dog and the Wolf (Perry 346)
29. The Belly and the Members (Perry 130)
30. The Stag in the Ox-Stall (Perry 492)
31. The Fox and the Grapes (Perry 15)
32. The Horse, Hunter, and Stag (Perry 269)
33. The Peacock and Juno(Hera) (Perry 509)
34. The Fox and the Lion (Perry 10)
35. The Lion and the Statue (Perry 284)
36. The Ant and the Grasshopper (Perry 373)
37. The Tree and the Reed (Perry 70)
38. The Fox and the Cat (Perry 605)
39. The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Perry 451)
40. The Dog in the Manger (Perry 702)
41. The Man and the Wooden God (Perry 285)
42. The Fisher (Perry 11)
43. The Shepherd's Boy (Perry 210)
44. The Man and His Mother (Perry 200)
45. The Man and His Two Wives (Perry 31)
46. Nurse and the Wolf (Perry 158)
47. The Tortoise and the Birds (Perry 490)
48. The Two Crabs (Perry 322)
49. The Ass in the Lion's Skin (Perry 188)
50. The Two Fellows and the Bear (Perry 65)
51. The Two Pots (Perry 378)
52. The Four Oxen and the Lion (Perry 372)
53. The Fisher and the Little Fish (Perry 18)
54. Avaricious and Envious (Perry 580)
55. The Crow and the Pitcher (Perry 390)
56. The Man and the Satyr (Perry 35)
57. The Goose With the Golden Eggs (Perry 87)
58. The Labourer and the Nightingale (Perry 627)
59. The Fox, the Cock, and the Dog (Perry 671)
60. The Wind and the Sun (Perry 46)
61. Hercules and the Waggoner (Perry 291)
62. The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey (Perry 721)
63. The Miser and His Gold (Perry 225)
64. The Fox and the Mosquitoes (Perry 427)
65. The Fox Without a Tail (Perry 17)
66. The One-Eyed Doe (Perry 75)
67. Belling the Cat (Perry 613)
68. The Hare and the Tortoise (Perry 226)
69. The Old Man and Death (Perry 60)
70. The Hare With Many Friends (Perry no Perry)
71. The Lion in Love (Perry 140)
72. The Bundle of Sticks (Perry 53)
73. The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts (Perry 142)
74. The Ass's Brains (Perry 336)
74. The Ass's Brains (Perry 583)
75. The Eagle and the Arrow (Perry 276)
76. The Milkmaid and Her Pail (Perry no Perry)
77. The Cat-Maiden (Perry 50)
78. The Horse and the Ass (Perry 357)
79. The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner (Perry 370)
80. The Buffoon and the Countryman (Perry 527)
81. The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar (Perry 493)
82. The Fox and the Goat (Perry 9)

Griffith. The Stars and Their Stories

Today's free book is The Stars and Their Stories: A Book for Young People by Alice Mary Matlock Griffith with illustrations by Margaret Boroughs. 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.

The Volume of the Skies — William Habington
My Star — Robert Browning The Stars and Their Stories
The Song of the Stars — William Cullen Bryant

The Two Bears .......
Ursa Major — Thomas Hood
Hymn to the North Star  — William Cullen Bryant

The Winged Horse
The Chimaera — Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pegasus in Pound — Henry W. Longfellow

The Lyre, the Eagle, the Swan, the Arrow, the Dolphin
The Finding of the Lyre — James Russell Lowell
Orpheus and Eurydice — Alfred Noyes

The Star Club — Julia E. Rogers
Andromeda — Charles Kingsley
Taurus — Bayard Taylor
The Lost Pleiad — Mrs. Hemans
Orion — Charles Tennyson Turner
Canopus — Thomas Moore
Canopus — Thomas Carlyle
Canopus — Bayard Taylor

To Castor and Pollux — Homer (Shelley's translation)
The Battle of Lake Regillus — Thomas Babington Macaulay


Berenice's Hair — Catullus (Martin's translation)

Bootes, Virgo, and Hercules
Bootes and Virgo — Aratus
The Three Golden Apples — Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Champion of Athens — R. E. Franeillon
Ariadne's Crown — Nonnus (Mrs. Browning's translation)

Alpha Centauri and the Southern Cross
Constellations — William Cullen Bryant

Selected from "Birth and Growth of Myth" by Edward Clodd
Darkness — Lord Byron
Death of Worlds — Richard A. Proctor
An Ode — Joseph Addison

Astronomy Through the Ages
Astronomical Observatories — Edward Everett
"Marching on a Star" — R. Weatherhead
The First Telescope—From Galileo's "Astronomical Messenger," translated by E. S. Carlos

The Magnitudes
Stars of the First Magnitude
Star Names