Not much is known about the author Hartwell James, other than he was an avid collector of stories for children and fairy tales from different regions. He published a number of books from areas he felt were rich in folklore. He likely lived in the 1800 to the 1900’s, which most of his books published in 1906.
His titles included The Magic Bed: A Book of East Indian Tales, The Cat and the Mouse: A Book of Persian Tales, The Jeweled Sea: A Book of Chinese Tales, The Magic Jaw Bone: A Book of South Sea Islands Tales, The Man Elephant: A Book of African Tales, and The Enchanted Castle: A Book of Tales from Flower Land. It’s obvious from his work that James was a passionate traveler who saw worth in sharing the folklore of areas he visited.