The Mythic Bestiary: The Illustrated Guide to the World’s Most Fantastical Creatures by Tony Allan

Published by Duncan Baird, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, pulled at the foot of the upper panel with a short crease. Leans a little. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight.

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Throughout history, fantastic beasts have stalked our imaginations from the ethereal unicorn of medieval European fable to the monstrous eight-headed dragon of Japanese legend, such animals have embodied some of life’s great mysteries, as well as human hopes and fears, strengths and weaknesses. Familiar myths have implanted these creatures in our consciousness, but our impression of them often remains vague. With stunning artwork and a wealth of enchanting tales, The Mythic Bestiary casts light on these shadowy creatures, displaying them in all their beauty and ferocity. the book is organized into three parts, according to habitat – the beasts of the air, those of the earth and those of the aquatic realms. The coverage includes the monsters and hybrids of the classical world, the myriad serpents and dragons of East and West, the malevolent ogres and trolls of Scandinavia, and the elusive cannibals, shape-shifters and ape-people of North America and Eurasia.

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