An ancient mappe of Fairyland

Description

Ancient mappe of Fairyland… depicts a place loosely defined as one of fantasy, literary imagination and make-believe. It is a bird’s-eye view of an island with extraordinary topography, populated with a complete range of myth, fable, legend, nursery rhyme, children’s story, play and poem.

Journeying across it, one might pass through Peter Pan’s Never-Never Land to Avalon and the medieval legend of King Arthur, via Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, and Oberon’s shield.

Full title:
An ancient mappe of Fairyland newly discovered and set forth designed by Bernard Sleigh
Published:
1918, London
Created:
1918
Format:
Map
Creator:
Bernard Sleigh (illustrator)
Held by:
British Library
Shelfmark:
L.R.270.a.46.

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