The Preface written by the Reverend Lal Behari Day provides some insight to his inspiration for the collection of tales. Goble's illustrations are a wonderful example of his capacity to represent Eastern themes with romantic vision without Westernizing the images. In doing so, he has continued to be true to the tale being illustrated and filled his images with detail and colour in a most captivating fashion.
Warwick Goble (1862 – 1943) was a Victorian illustrator of children's books. He was educated and trained at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art. He specialized in fairy tales and exotic scenes from Japan, India and Arabia. He illustrated H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds - among his first published illustrations, soon to be followed by a suite for The Book of Baal. He also provided illustrations for magazines, including Pearson's Magazine, illustrating a number of early science-fiction stories, including several by Frederick Merrick White.
Throughout the first decades of the 20th Century, Goble gained considerable success with commissioned work, in colour and monotone, for illustrated books including:
- The Water-babies: A fairy tale for a Land-baby (1909);
- Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales (1910);
- The Complete Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1912); and
- The Book of Fairy Poetry (1920).