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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies Hardcover – 24 Sep 2002


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vega Books; First Edition edition (24 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843336243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843336242
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 20.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Franklin is graduate photographer and artist. Her work in these areas has concentrated on folklore and mythology. Combining these interests with parallel qualifications as a trained therapist and reflexologist, she has become a successful writer in the subject and contributes to over a dozen magazines. She also edits and publishes her own, called Silver Wheel, and is author of nearly a dozen books, including Fairy Lore (Capall Bann) and The Fairy Ring (forthcoming Llewellyn) in the broad topic areas of MBS and self-awareness.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Bright on 24 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love this book.
I really can't understand why anyone would buy an encyclopedia and then expect all the pictures to just be pretty pretty. These are MUCH more fun. Some are pretty and dainty, others are so funny I just burst out laughing. Davy Jones [the one with the locker at the bottom of the sea] was one. And then there are little drawings on just about every page. Before reading [some] of this very full book I hadn't realised just how many fairies there are in the world. Now I can understand why folks in bygone ages seemed scared of fairies. Some of them are just not very nice - but then there are others that bring so much goodness along with them.
My problem is that I love looking at all the pictures and yet I'd like to be able to hand it down to my children when the time comes. Maybe I need ot buy two.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "waylandsmith35" on 3 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a book like this for years: scholarly, readable, exhaustive and fun. Ms Franklin gives us details and histories of fairies from around the world, from the well known to creatures I have certainly never heard of. But beware, if you are looking for fairy-tale bowdlerised Victorian versions of fairies, for these are the real thing. In the past people were in awe of fairies and often feared them. It was well known that some were beautiful and seductive, while others were ugly and frightening (very few had wings and none looked like Tinkerbell), and they are all portrayed here. The illustrations by Helen Field are cute and for the most part pretty, while Paul Mason explores both sides of the appearance of fairies, from the gorgeous to the monstrous. This book is not for those who simply want fluffy bunny children's fairy-tales, but for the real student of real fairies and real fairy lore. It is simply the most comprehensive and most accurate book on the market for anyone who has a genuine interest in fairies, rather than Victorian 'fairy' tales.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ronbford" on 23 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you wish to learn of fairies this book is full to the brim with every thing you nedd to know.
Six years in the making, her obvious knowledge in this field is indeed expansive.
This not a book on the hairy fairy victorian image given in the many books that abound nowdays, but full of real folk loure, covering the many types of fairie known to humankind over the period of there exsistance.
Not all fairies are the sweet lovely little beings most people think of now days. People through the ages have come into contact with those of another relm, some good and some not so good in there encounters.
These tails, loure, and information are a marvellous way of gaining a truly wonderfull insight into the way these folk are said to exsist and behave.
Not just a wonderfull read but as the title says, an encyclopeadia that is easily useable in this format.
Full marks must go to the illustrators Paul Mason and Hellen Feild, when we speake of fairie,discriptions come in many forms and opinions.
This they have captured in the books wonderfull illustrations and artwork to an inspired degree.
Here we have a mix of traditionaly creative drawings and up to date imaging, this in its self helping to bring a subject of the past, bang up to date.
Fairies never left us or stayed in the past, it us who have tended to forget there exsistance.
If you wish an introduction to those of another place, this book will lead you on to a path followed by manny.
Ronald.B.Ford.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "brytonne" on 5 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
There is so much fairy stuff out there these days it is hard to know what to buy. Some of it is so twee and fluffy it must be for children, and some of it is aimed at academics. This is full of reliable information and is fully referenced, but it is well written in a very readable and entertaining way. I have never seen so complete a fairy dictionary or anything like. I love Paul and Helen's pictures, both very diffeerent in style, but they show fairies good and bad, beautiful and ugly, sublime and comical.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
As soon as I looked at the cover I just knew I would like this book and I wasn't disappointed. There is just so much to read and the pictures.... they are just amazing!!! Some pretty, some really made me laugh and others a bit scary. I don't know how the artists managed to make everything look so real.
I really never realised there was so much to know about fairies. Each day I open the book at a new page and just read. Some words we take for granted like nightmare now have a very different meaning to me. When I have read every page, I will probably go back to the begining again and again.
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