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Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places, and People (1986)

by Michael F. Page

Other authors: Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)

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“The Encyclopaedia of things that never were” dishes up a wide selection of gods, monsters, heroes and places, tackling many of the things we have believed in over the years. I was pleased to see the inclusion of various Australian Aboriginal legends but overall there seemed to be few entries from outside the Europe/North America belief systems. Maybe we can hope for a follow-up volume, with the same sort of lush illustrations that decorate this volume. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 3, 2017 |
too New Agey - Gave up after the first few pages.
  TheDivineOomba | Jun 7, 2015 |
I've had this book since high school and it's one of my favorites. It's not very comprehensive or detailed in many ways, but the combination of the text and images just fuels the imagination and makes you want to learn more.

This was one of the first books that really opened my eyes to the myths and depth of stories in other cultures. ( )
1 vote Kellswitch | Jan 7, 2010 |
Well loved and well worn, this book is a favorite of our household. Not for sitting and reading per se... but as fuel for imagination and wonder. ( )
1 vote Cygnus555 | Mar 22, 2008 |
One of the most beautifully constructed odes to fantasy and the imagination that I've ever seen. ( )
1 vote israfel13 | Sep 3, 2006 |
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Detailed, encyclopedia-style entries, supplemented by 300 full-color and black-and-white illustrations, introduce the worlds of imaginative mythology, folklore, literature, and fairy tales. Size D. 15,000 print.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140100083, Paperback)

Hardcover sales of more than 70,000 copies have made the Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were a classic illustrated reference to myths and legends from all corners of the world. Here--culled from mythology, literature, and folk tales--is the mystical realm that has populated humanity's imagination for centuries. Over 400 entries, engagingly written and organized by type of entity, make this a complete source of information and a visual feast. Among the entries are: from "The Cosmos," Quetzalcoatl and Scorpio; from "The Ground and Underground," centaurs, elves, and unicorns; from "Wonderland," Atlantis and El Dorado; from "Magic, Science, and Invention," flying carpets and the Trojan horse; from "Water, Sky, and Air," Pegasus and Moby-Dick; and from "The Night," a host of shuddersome creatures from vampires to the golem. This is a wild and wondrous gift for any visionary.

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