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Faeries [Hardcover]

Brian Froud , Alan Lee , David Larkin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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18 Nov 2002
Faeries is an exploration of the myths, legends folklore and fantasy of the world of the faeries. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, this is a special edition featuring eight new pages and 20 new pieces of art by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. The artists have also contributed new introductions.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Twenty-Fifth Anniversay ed edition (18 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810932741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810932746
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 21.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Twenty-five years ago, self-proclaimed 'faery authorities' [Brian] Froud and [Alan] Lee published the first edition of their imaginative faery field guide...This expanded version...boasts new art and introductions by the artists; ...in its silver anniversary, the bewitching quality of its content remains."

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Brian Froud is an award-winning illustrator, author, and fairy authority. His books include international bestsellers such as 'Faeries', with Alan Lee and 'Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the world of faery! 7 Aug 2005
By A Customer
This book begins with text written by artists Brian Froud and Alan Lee explaining why they love faeries and drawing them and other wee folk. Then there is the mythology side of it which gives us some background and understanding, all this text is surrounded by wonderful little drawings. The rest of the book then displays gorgeous work by both artists along with quirky little explanations of each drawing. If you love faeries you will love this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite book 27 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Brian Froud is a mastermind. As a young artist myself....I grew up with this book..and it practically tought me to draw. I could never imagine life without it..I've just always had it. And I could never tire of it. It ages beautifully with its owner..all ages can read into it in different ways....as I have found...its stories change as I get older. If ANYONE out there has a copy of Brian Frouds Land of the Dark Crystal....please let me know...I'd love to purchase a copy!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful! astonishing pictures 5 Jun 2001
i remember seeing this book when i was a little girl. i have never, to this day, ever forgot the beautifully illustrated pages. this book would make an ideal unforgettable gift for anyone you cherish, a fantastic buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Float on the wings of a faerie, to a land that has existed for an eternity, and that will exist for eternities to come. Brian Froud and Alan Lee have created a marvelous book that weaves a magical tapestry about the reader, and won't let them go until the book is through with them! A perfect blending of typed and hand-written texts, and many differing styles of artwork help to make this volume a captivating sourcebook for lovers of the fae and light hearts everywhere! Colorful, richly drawn canvases reach out to the viewer to entrance them and hold them in the faerie world these two gentlemen speak so ellequently about. The combination of lovely prose, great sections of written verses and blurbs, and staggeringly beautiful, (and sometimes staggeringly jarring,) artwork make this book a true transportation device. Straight past the walls of reality and through the veils of the Enchanted World! I would recommend it to anyone with a free spirit, a grand imagination, and especially to someone who needs a
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs more than five stars! 18 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I first bought this book years ago when it was first published. I still don't know why - it just seemed to call out to me from the shelf.
I fell in love with the faeries as a result of Froud's wonderful illustrations.
I've bought (and enjoyed) everything he's done since, but (sorry, Brian!) I still think this is far and away the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, enchanting, surreal and exquisite. 24 Oct 1998
By A Customer
This was the book where I first encountered the artists Froud and Lee, and also where I discovered that faeries are indeed either ugly or beautiful, old and young; everything I had ever hoped and imagined, and more. Froud and Lee's breathtaking and altogether masterly portrayal of the intrinsic, metamorphic world of fantasy forever hovering at our fingertips, is truly masterly, and I have never encountered another yet which rates quite as highly as this. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who loves faeries, and/or queries the 'pretty' flower-faeries we tend to be bombarded with today. s This book has all my dreams, nightmares and fantasies woven together in it's intricate, detailed illustrations, the thick, scrawling lead pencil script... I cannot find the words to speak highly enough of this simply unique, marvellous book. I am an avid admirer of Froud and Lee's works, the faery-kingdom, faery poetry, stories, tales, photographs, illustrations, and can never have enough information on that mystical kingdom where people such as Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin vanish to, where a cup of wine can bind you a prisoner, where the young are old, and the old are yound, where anything is possible whether you believe or not. I for one, do strongly believe in faeries, and wish that I could see one. This book is - where are the words to describe it? Magnificent/Fabulous/Beautiful/Moving/Terrifying/Fantastic/Eye-opening - they are only some... I would like to congratulate Lee and Froud on their admirable skill for illustrations, the publishers for - well - publishing this book, and all the readers out there who fell in love with this book, which is a gift from faeryland itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait !! 17 July 1998
By A Customer
I first saw this book in a store while attending University and fell instantly in love. I have waited 10 long years to own a copy of my own and finally I have it !!! I am familiar with the works of both Mr. Froud and Mr. Lee -- through my friend and author, Anna Marie Ferguson ( Legend : the Arthurian Tarot ). This book should be on the shelves of every child, so that they may keep the path to their imaginations open. Had this book been in my posession years ago, I know without a doubt it would have provided both comfort and inspiration to a young girl seeking a path to the land of the Fey. I have yet the words to describe what this book means to me. I will treasure it for the rest of my days - and entrust a copy to as many as possible.
I, too am in the process of choosing one of these exquisite depictions of the Faerie Folk to tattoo on myself, as an homage to the works of Mr. Froud and Mr. Lee.
Thank-you both for taking my hand and showing me the way. I als! ! o have a copy of "Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells" and "The Dark Crystal" my favorite film. I look so forward to collecting more of your wonderous works!
If you do not already have a copy -- hardcover, of course -- get one ( or six ). Everyone who has the priveledge of viewing mine wants one of their own!
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I am an Amazon fan and a faithful client. I do want to leave positive reviews when they are deserved but I don't have enough fantasy to invent a new review every time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight
I have long loved the world of the fey. I have many books, both modern and old, which tell stories of the world of faerie. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book
I bought this book as a replacement for one I had many years ago and has gone missing. The artwork is beautiful and quirky, with notes and snippets of folklore. Read more
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