The pictures within this book are quite gorgeous and well worth the price alone. Of course, I already have many of these images in other fairy art compilations, so it wasn't anything new for me. I think this is one of the first books where there is an equal amount of text and artwork to go along with it.
The inside of this book starts out with the author's explanation of how slowly humanity lost their belief in faerie beings due to horrific tortures and persecutions by Christianity. Celia Haddon's attitude toward non- believers is made apparent when she states that "those who favour a world of dull facts will be sure that there are no faeries, just as there are no angels, no devils, no human souls and no God". This book is geared toward people who are able to accept that not everything may have concrete evidence of existence. I found that one of the reasons this book is so appealing. The text is basically accounts of different faerie encounters and mythologies from various centuries written by people who supposedly experienced the fae first- hand. There is some poetry sprinkled among the text and I am happy to announce that for once the poetry wasn't bad. I am in no way a fan of poetry, especially ones that don't rhyme, but these ones were actually well chosen.
The artwork, poetry and excerpts of different works were all titled on the bottom of each page explaining the original title and the author or artist. I am happy that I don't have to flip through to the bibliography/credits page to figure out who painted a particular piece of art. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who loves old fashioned paintings and wants a lovely gift book worth reading. I am providing a video to show what kind of images are inside of this volume.