Mermaids (Magical Beings)

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9781883211141: Mermaids (Magical Beings)

Our volume is a compilation of succinct and insightful extracts from the literature of mermaids, and also some of our favorite images of mermaids. The pictures are by a variety of painters (including Waterhouse, Bocklin, and Burne-Jones) and book illustrators (including Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and W. Heath Robinson).

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This is a book created to be given. At its center is a peom bt Charles Snell which was written for, and Published in, 1914 as a small gift book. In it the giver, in a series of concrete images, extends the recipient many good wishes.

In our volume, Snell's words are presented within borders made by Daniel Maclise for a book entitles Moore's Irish Melodies, published in 1846.

We have selected images to accompany each wish. These are made by a great variety of painters and illustrators, and range over more than 150 years.

This Is My Wish for You is in the tradition of ancient blessings, in which one tries, through the power of language, to throw a mantle of protection and beneficence over the receiver.

About the Author:

Charles Livingston Snell was one of a group of talented authors and artists who created books for the P.F. Volland Company in the first two decades of our century. This publishing house specialized in gift and children's books, and was very successful in creating distinctive books with wide appeal.

Harold Darling is a specialist in the power and resonance of printed images. He is especially interested in old children's books, paintings by obscure artists, and printed ephemera. His published books include Image and Maker (1984) and Bon Voyage: Souvenirs of the Golden Age of Travel (1990).

Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) was a successful historical and portrait painter. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1840. From 1830 onward he emphasized book illustration. He drew meticulously with a lithographic pen. Among his best known books are: Fairy Legends (1826), Dickens' A Cricket on the Hearth (1845), and Moxon's Tennyson (1857).

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