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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book Hardcover – October 13, 1994
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I love all these books, and this is a favorite of mine. I have checked it out from the library many times.
When I decided to buy my own copy, (from Goodwill through Amazon) I never thought to check for dimensions in the description!!!
The one I received is a perfect copy, but only 4x6 inches. I was SO surprised and shocked.
Of course, the writing is so small you can barely read it.
Instead of 9 x 12 gloriousness, I have a tiny mini.
By the way... shouldn't the reviews of the seller not describing the size of the book or if they received it damaged should be reviewed under the SELLER, and NOT the item? I really feel that the stars should reflect how they felt about the book, not if it was damaged or not. THAT should be a seller's review.
The Cottingley Fairy mystery/hoax was initiated by some photographs of the young girls with some fairy-like creatures;it's obvious today that these are cleverly arranged cutouts. But at the time the authenticity of the images was hotly debated, with no less than Sherlock Holmes' creator Arthur Conan-Doyle backing the claims. The young girl diarist in this spoof, moving from childhood through adolescence, instead of photographing the little creatures, slams them between the pages of her book as they flitter about. Their agonized, surprised or angry expressions are captured beautifully in the wonderful illustrations. The book's publisher solemnly assures the reader that no fairies were actually squished in the production of the book, but only their psychic images were captured. The diarist's atrocious spelling makes some progress as she matures but not very much. I highly recommend this book not only to Monte Python fans but to anyone who needs a good laugh as comic relief from the doldrums.