"A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends."
O. M. G.
I might as well leave it there to be honest. This book is a favourite of my collection.
I love hardbacks, especially ones that are still a reasonable size and weight to fit in my bag for public transport journeys. And this one is beautiful. I mean, absolutely gorgeous. Everything about it, not just the spectacular images, but even the formatting. Definitely get your hands on it if you can so that you can see what I mean. It's a certain visual and tactile experience.
And when it comes to the content, there's definitely a balance of excellence. The information is on par with its presentation.
It's nice to have books like this with individual sections you can pick and choose from when you're in the mood for learning about this particular topic.
The first thing I looked up was the section on mermaids (not surprisingly for those who know me!) which can be found on pages 208-209. They go in alphabetical order (which is always helpful) but you can also peek at the index at the back to see if you can find what you're looking for. Or just have a flick through if you prefer. I'd highly recommend it!
P. S. I also learnt what Phantasmagoria means: "A sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream." Beautiful, no?
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