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Group Title: Robin Hood series
Title: Aladdin or the wonderful lamp
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00065389/00001
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Title: Aladdin or the wonderful lamp
Series Title: Robin Hood series
Uniform Title: Aladdin
Alternate Title: Wonderful lamp
Physical Description: 10 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1889
Subject: Fairy tales   ( lcsh )
Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
General Note: Cover title.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00065389
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002250975
notis - ALK2735
oclc - 36305665

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ALADDIN was the son of a poor widow who lived in a city in
China. She had to work hard, to support herself and Aladdin, and
for this reason had very little time to look after him. The result
was that although he had a good heart, and loved his mother, he
grew up with very idle habits.
One day, when he was playing in the streets with a lot of young
ragamuffins, a man whose dress showed that he was a stranger,
came up to him, and told him that he was his father's brother, who
had been away ever since his youth.
Aladdin had never heard that he had an uncle, but as the man
spoke kindly, and told him that he was rich, and intended to do
great things for him and his mother, he saw no reason for doubting
him, and when he proposed that they should take a walk into the
country, went along without fear.
The stranger led him quite a distance till they came to a narrow
valley between two high hills. Here he stopped, and ordered
Aladdin to collect together all the dried sticks which he could find
about. When they were gathered into a heap he set fire to them.
Then he threw into the flames some powder which he had with
him, muttering at the same time some strange words which Aladdin
could not understand. Immediately the earth opened, and disclosed
a large flat stone with a ring in it.
He next bade Aladdin to take hold of the ring and lift the stone.
L, swung back like a trap-door, and they saw a stone stairway lead-
ing down into the earth.
SNow," said the stranger, "you must go down the stairway, ana

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pass through three large halls which lead one into another. From
the last you must go out into a garden, in which you will see a
lamp burning. Take the lamp down, put out the light, and bring it
to me."
Although Aladdin had been frightened at what he had seen
already, and was timid about going down, the stranger spoke in
such a commanding way that he smothered his fears, and, after the
stranger had put on his finger a ring which he said was a charm
that would protect him, went down the stairs.
He reached the garden and secured the lamp. As he returned
he saw that the trees in the garden were covered with pieces of
glass of beautiful colors. He gathered a lot of them and put them
away in his pockets. As soon as he reached the stairway, the
stranger called to him to hand up the lamp.
Not till I am safe out of here, Uncle," said Aladdin.
At this the man lost his temper, and commanded him, wrathfully,
to hand it up at once.
But Aladdin was determined not to part with it until he was safe
above ground.
When the stranger saw this he flew into a rage, and threw some
more of the powder on the fire. Instantly the stone dropped into its
place, and Aladdin was shut in the cavern.
Now the reason for this conduct on the part of the stranger was
that he was really not Aladdin's uncle at all, but a magician from
Africa who had found out, by his art, the existence and great power
of the lamp, and had to make use of some one to obtain it. He
had intended, from the first, to leave Aladdin in the cavern, and
had picked him out as one about whose loss there would not be
much noise made, as he had no relatives but his poor mother. It
was out of his power to open the cavern a second time, so he de-
parted as quickly as he could for his home in Africa.
Aladdin remained in the cavern, in complete darkness, for two
days. At the end of that time he thought he was going to die of
hunger, and put his hands together to pray. As he did so he
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finger. The cavern at once filled with a cloudy light, and an im-
mense geni arose out of the ground, and said,-
"What wouldst thou have ? I am ready to obey thee-I and all
the other slaves of that ring."
Aladdin was almost speechless with fright, but managed to say
that all he wished was to be at home once more.
He found himself there almost instantly, safe, but terribly hungry.
When he asked his mother for food, she had to tell him that she
had none to give him. He thought of the lamp and asked her it
she could not sell it, and buy something to eat. She looked at it,
and said that if it were cleaned she might be able to get a little
for it.
So she took a cloth and began to rub it, when, with a clap of
thunder, there arose before them another geni, of terrible aspect,
who said,-
"What wouldst thou have? I am ready to obey thee, as the
slave of that lamp-I and all the other slaves of the lamp."
Aladdin's mother nearly fainted, but Aladdin took the lamp from
her hands, and said, boldly,-
"Bring us something to eat."
The geni vanished, but soon came back with a silver tray full of
the most delicious food, and Aladdin and his mother sat down and
partook of it.
Aladdin, having discovered the power of the lamp, continued for
some time to provide himself and his mother with food in the same
way. They sold the silver trays upon which it was served to obtain
all else that they needed, and lived in great comfort. Aladdin quit
the company of street boys, dressed himself neatly, and sought the
society of intelligent people.
One day, as he stood near the entrance to the public baths, he
caught a glimpse of the face of the sultan's daughter, the Princess
Balroudour. It was the loveliest face he had ever seen, and he fell
deeply in love with its owner.
When he went home, he told his mother that she must go to the
sultan, and ask for him the hand of the princess in marriage.


"Why son," said she, "have you lost your senses? The sultan
would, most likely, have me punished for proposing anything so
"But, mother," said Aladdin, "I have learned many things of
late, and amongst them that those pieces of glass, as we thought
them to be, which I brought home from the underground garden,
are gems of the greatest value. I feel sure that if you take them
to the sultan as a present, he will listen favorably to my suit."
His mother resisted long, but at last yielded to his entreaties,
and, going to the sultan's palace, sought entrance to the hall where
he gave hearing to those who had favors to ask of him.
When she stated her business to the sultan, he could not help
smiling; but when he saw the present she offered him, his amuse-
ment changed to surprise.
Indeed, good woman," said he, your son may well ask for the
hand of a princess if he is rich enough to make such a present as
that. I cannot consent, however, to give him my daughter, without
being well assured that he is able to maintain her in proper state,
So, say to him that if he will send me forty white slaves, each
leading a black slave, and each black slave bearing a vase full o1
such gems as these, he shall have the hand of the princess."
When Aladdin's mother gave her son the sultan's message, he
was wild with delight. With the aid of the geni of the lamp he at
once complied with the sultan's conditions. No words can describe
the amazement of that ruler when the train of slaves marched in,
and Aladdin's mother presented them to him.
"Madam," he said, "I can no longer doubt-the fitness of your
son. Tell him to come hither, for I am impatient to see him."
So Aladdin called upon the geni again, to provide rich garments
for himself and his mother, fine horses to ride upon, and a large
train of slaves to attend them. Then they started for the sultan's
The sultan was very much pleased with Aladdin's looks and
hearing and seating him upon his right hand, entered into conver-
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was completely charmed, and proposed that the marriage should
take place at once.
Aladdin, however, wished to wait until he could build a palace
fit for the princess. To this the sultan agreed, and it was settled
that it should be built within the royal grounds opposite the sul-
tan's own.
When the sultan arose the next morning, he beheld the palace
already standing, complete, Aladdin having caused the geni to erect
it during the night. Aladdin came early, and was presented to the
princess, at whose feet he kneeled and declared the love he felt for
her. Then he conducted her and the sultan to his palace, which
they found magnificent beyond anything they had ever seen.
The marriage soon took place, with great display; and Aladdin
and the princess lived together, for a time, in complete happiness.
But the fame of all these wonders spread far and wide-even to
Africa, where lived the magician who had left Aladdin in the cavern.
He knew at once that Aladdin must have escaped, and he resolved
to go to China and try to get the lamp away from him.
When he arrived he learned that Aladdin was away hunting, and
he made up his mind to try at once a scheme he had thought of.
He bought a stock of lamps, and putting them on a street-vender's
tray, went under the palace windows, and began to cry,-
"New lamps for old ones! New lamps for old ones!"
This raised such a commotion that it came to the notice of the
princess and her attendants. Wishing to see if the man was in
earnest, they searched about for an old lamp, and, unfortunately,
found Aladdin's. This was sent out, and the magician gladly ex-
changed a new one for it. That very night he made the geni trans-
port the palace, with the princess and all the others in it, to Africa.
When the sultan discovered this, his grief and rage were terrible;
and when Aladdin returned he ordered him, under pain of death,
to leave the city, and not to return unless he could bring back the
Poor Aladdin set forth with very little hope, and after wandering
a long time was about to drown himself in despair, when he thought

of the magic ring which he still wore upon his finger. He rubbed
it, and the geni appeared and asked for his commands. Aladdin
begged to have his princess and palace restored.
That is beyond my power," said the geni. "Only the slave of
the lamp can do that."
"Then, at least, carry me to where they are," said Aladdin.
He at once found himself under the walls of his palace where it
stood near a city in Africa. He attracted the attention of one of the
slaves of the princess, and she told her mistress, who gave orders
That he should be admitted by a private door.
Great was the delight of the princess and Aladdin to be together
once more. The princess told him that the magician came every
day to urge her to marry him, telling her that Aladdin was dead,
but that she could not bear to look upon him.
Then they arranged a plan to get rid of their enemy. Aladdin
went to the city and bought a quantity of a drug which causes
those who take it to fall asleep. He gave this to the princess, and
told her to receive the magician graciously when he came, and ask
him to drink some wine. She should have some of the drug put in
the wine, and when he had fallen asleep from its effects, Aladdin
would come and put an end to him with his sword.
The plan worked perfectly. As soon as the magician was dead,
Aladdin had his body thrown out of the window; and taking the
lamp, called the geni, and ordered him to carry the palace back to
When the sultan beheld the palace in its former place, he ran to
seek the princess; and when he found her safe, embraced her with
joy. His anger against Aladdin vanished, and he gave a great feast
to celebrate the happy turn events had taken.
Ever after, Aladdin was very careful to keep his lamp in a secure
place, and nothing further occurred to spoil his happiness.
When the sultan died, at a good old age, the princess succeeded
to the throne, and shared the government with Aladdin. They ruled
wisely, and lived long, honored and loved by their people.

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