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[Fantasy] Sleigh, Bernard, An Anciente Mappe of Fairyland Newly Discovered and Set Forth. London, circa 1920. 18 x 60. Bright original printed color. Cloth-backed as issued. Minor soiling in full margins, else Fine. Early large edition. This densely-illustrated map is filled with such images as castles, nymphs, werewolves, dragons, "The Bay of Dreams," "Beauty and Her Beast," Lancelot, The Snow Queen, and Ulysses. There is a "Scale of Thoughts," while a key has symbols for Wishing Wells, Dwarfs' Treasure, etc. Rare, especially in such fine condition. SOLD
This remarkable work has visual strength and makes the fairyland concept tangible with everything on a single large island. It influenced later designs such as Jaro Hess' "Land of Make Believe."
References: Padron, "Mapping Imaginary Works" in Akerman & Karrow (eds.), Maps Finding Our Place in the World, 277-279; Post, Atlas of Fantasy, 100-103.
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