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Fairies (Magical Beings) Hardcover – December 1, 1998

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Fairies have, under one name or another, been with us since ancient times. They are ever intriguing, yet ever elusive, and no book, no picture, no description will ever satisfy our curiosity, fully define their nature, or establish their existence.

Elizabeth Ratisseau's approach, in this book, is to show paintings of fairies by various artists, some of whom claim to have looked upon fairies, and others who have used their imagination, and the reports of others, to make fairies tangible. She has supplemented these images with selected quotations which bear tangentially on the adjacent images. The result is, we hope, a powerful evocation of these mysterious beings.

About the Author

Elizabeth Ratisseau's life and careers are so rich and various that they could not be summed up in a volume, much less a note. Relevant highlights include:
- Turkish rug dealer.
- Owner of a bookstore and art cinema in La Jolla, California.
- Bonsai practitioner.
- Avid student of the occult and mystical disciplines.

These and many other experiences have given Miss Ratisseau the special perspective needed to make a book about fairies; using that same combination of science and magic required to douse for water or to find one's way in the dark.

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Product Details

  • Series: Magical Beings
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Laughing Elephant (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883211123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883211127
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This beautifully crafted little book is a thin volume just 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" with silvery accents on the cover. It is a satisfyingly enchanting compilation of rare fairy art and delightful quotations on the subject of fairies. If you have been a fairy lover for any length of time you will have probably seen a few of these wonderful paintings but most will probably be new to you as Elizabeth Ratisseau has done a brilliant bit of treasure hunting to come up with these images. The work is broken down into sections for each of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, as well as a section on Fairies of Childhood. Usually, I find several disappointing images sprinkled among the good ones in compilations or calendars featuring fairies but each and every one in this book is truly magical, hauntingly fey. I encourage you to get this as a treat for yourself or any other fairy person you love.
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By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
At first, I didn't know if I would like this book. But, I really enjoyed it. I love to look at the pictures. This is a good book for any child, especially if they are into fairies. You should get this book!
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By A Customer on July 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For not yet published...I find it odd that I have a copy. Needing more copies for friends,which they will also enjoy. The pictures are truly wonderful, and children love them. The adults will love the quotes. A must. I truly enjoyed the book.
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This book is so sweetly put together. The images were carefully chosen; so beautiful and elegant. Ratisseau did an exquisite job. Her Mermaid book is just as lovely too. One will also like Lori Eisenkraft-Palazzola's books too if they like this one.
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The kids love this, it was a big hit. I would recommend to anyone. I was very satisfied with my purchase.
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