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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book Hardcover – October 13, 1994
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The book is a reproduction of a journal kept by Angelica Cottington. Angelica can see fairies, and while she is at first surprised by their presence, she wastes no time in whisking out a journal and trapping fairies within the pages. These 'pressed fairies' are the book's centerpiece. While this may seem a cruel thing to many, Angelica does not seem to feel much remorse until much later in her life, but after a horrendous spell of being teased and mocked by goblins, she takes to pressing fairies with a vengeance once again. This is all positively delightful.
Angelica is obviously thought of as a retarded little specimen by her family and friends, but this only gives her a certain warped magnetism. Indeed, throughout the book, it is clear that a large number of men are interested in Angelica - these portions are rather graphic in their suggestiveness, and things are left open-ended. It is not clear if Angelica is molested or abused by these people, but the way she flees England for Italy due to one particularly painful encounter is hint enough that theres more going on that we aren't told about.
As is with every Froud book, the art is spectacular. The fairies we are told, aren't really 'pressed'. Even though they are momentarily captured, they have a way of leaving their psychic impressions behind on paper.Read more ›
As a quiet and innocent child, she would sit in the garden. If she was quiet enough, the garden fairies would come out. They would hover in front of her, over the book in her lap, and
SNAP. The book slammed shut on the fairy, leaving colored fairy-goosh on the two facing pages.
We are assured that (a few unfortunate cases notwithstanding) that the fairies were not hurt in the process and left only a psychic impression. Still, there's a queasy macabre sense about the book's premise.
It's illustrated by Brian Froud, so you know it's good. It's written by Terry Jones, a Monty Python alumnus, so you know it's funny. That's about it: good and funny. Enjoy!
This book is utterly charming and I regard it as a piece of art. The pages are "impressed" with the images of the fairies along with "handwritten notes" from her diary. Written by Terry Jones, a former member of the Monty Python troupe, this book captures the imagination and takes you to a place where fairies exist, not only in your imagination but on the pages of this ancient "diary". The jacket of the book is puffed out and the pages are a nice heavy weight and near the back of the book is the most adorable surprise. This book is a must have for any fairy collector or Froud fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to have a copy of this book years ago and I loved it! I was thrilled to find another copy. One thing I was disappointed in is that the fairy sticker was not included.Published 12 days ago by Carol C Blickenstorfer
While I enjoyed this book very much it has terrified my granddaughter.Published 5 months ago by Sandra Sands
This little book is amusing and arrived in very nice condition. It has been added to the shelf with dragons and gnomes and goblins, oh my.Published 9 months ago by Sidney E. Johnson
Be warned. You may accidentally purchase a miniature version of the book you love!
I love all these books, and this is a favorite of mine. Read more