Folklore Myths and Legends of Britain.

Printed: 1973

Publisher: The Readers's Digest Association. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 18 × 29 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 18 x 29 x 4

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Black cloth binding with gilt title on the spine and gilt horned head on the front board.

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Review: They had a copy of this book in my school library, and I spent so many lunchtimes reading it on grey days, rainy days, days when I could have been outside in the sun. I felt like within it was a treasure trove, a mysterious and strange version of Britain which entranced me endlessly. I think I tried to read it cover to cover once, but I feel now as if that is an impossible feat. There’s just so much crammed into the 540 pages of this book, I can’t imagine anyone ever finishing it, let alone the schoolboy I was. 20 years later, picking up a copy and flicking through it is a remarkable experience. I remember so much of this book, the layout, individual pages, the maps of the regions with their strange symbols showing where particular stories of standing stones, witches and wizards, ghosts and other quirky categories of our folklore came from. I remember the illustrations on full-page spreads on characters like Herne The Hunter, images from woodcuts, paintings, tapestry and blurry, emotively charged black and white photography which accompanied the myriad entries within. There is also so much I do not remember. It’s truly amazing, like the doors to a strange land whose inhabitants colonized the inner space of my own imagination long ago. Amazing. Truly amazing.

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