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.
- Article by:
- Tom Harper
- Movement, War, Popular culture
The British Library’s map curator, Tom Harper discusses the existence of fantasy maps created in the 20th century, containing a mixture of real-life and imaginary influences.