In the first written version of “Beauty and the Beast”, Beauty and the Beast turn out to be double first cousins, their fathers being kings and brothers, and their mothers fairies and sisters.
This version was published in 1740 by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, under the title, La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins.
Published in 1740, this really is the tale as old as time! Hope this helps!
Wow, that is interesting!! Now if only I can find that version in English translation… Thank you for the answer, cousinfacts!!