E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Puss in Boots [Le Chat Botté],
from the Eleventh Night of Straparolas
Italian fairy tales, where Constantines cat procures his master a fine castle and the kings heiress. First translated into French in 1585. Our version is taken from that of Charles Perrault. There is a similar one in the Scandinavian nursery tales. This clever cat secures a fortune and a royal partner for his master, who passes off as the Marquis of Carabas, but is in reality a young miller without a penny in the world.