Faeries by Brain Froud and Alan Lee has been reprinted several times since it was first published in 1978. It has over a million copies in print worldwide.
The latest 2010 reprint from publisher Abrams is a hardcover deluxe collector's edition with some new content. There are additional pages with new art and essays by the artists and a foreword by Jane Yolen. There's also a detachable poster featuring the cover art. And there are eight almost A4-size art prints. For the rest of the book, the layout and content remains the same.
The quality of this edition is excellent with the beautiful art wonderfully reproduced. The book itself tells the story of faeries and their magical world, accompanied by illustrations from Brian Froud and Alan Lee. You'll read about good as well as evil faeries, a few other spirits and other folklore beings like dwarfs, leprechauns, and others. This world hidden from humans is not all nice and dandy, almost a direct contrast to Disney's fairies. The mythology is well conceived and together with the drawings makes the characters believable. It's an absorbing read.
This is fascinating book recommended to those who like fantasy art and folklore.
If you already have the previous editions, there's probably not much reason to get this book as the main content is still the same - unless you want the art prints. If not, this is a very good book at a very good price.
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