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THE DICTIONARY OF IMAGINARY PLACES

MANGUEL,ALBERTO & GUADALUPI,GIANNI

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ISBN 10: 0747546169 / ISBN 13: 9780747546160
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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An enormous volume containing over 1,200 entries drawn from world literature, with 100 original illustrations and 150 maps. Maps and charts by James Cook. With continents invented by writers and storytellers from Homer's day to our own.The vast range of writers include: Lewis Carroll, Carl Sandburg, Jules Verne, Richard Wagner, L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, Rabelais, Dostoyevsky, Melville, Gilbert and Sullivan, Jorge Luis Borges, Graham Greene, and more. Among the imaginary places: Amorphous Island, Booming Rollers, City of Brass, Country of Circular Ruins, Erewhon Fantippo, Hooloomooloo, Vanity Fair, Xanadu, and more. From Atlantis to Xanadu and beyond, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. Here you will find Shangri-La and El Dorado; Utopia and Middle Earth; Wonderland and Freedonia. Here too are Dracula's Castle and Baskerville Hall, Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and the fabulous world of Harry Potter. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in loving detail, and are supplemented by more than 200 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres. A must-have for the library of every dedicated reader, fantasy fan, or passionate browser, Dictionary is a witty and acute guide for any armchair traveler's journey into the landscape of the imagination. Book is in impressive condition. BOOK DETAILS: In pristine condition with little evidence of wear. Inside the pages are crisp, clean & white with no obvious indication of use. The contents are clean, tight and sound throughout. The card covers are clean and unmarked, with only minimal wear. The lettering on the spine is clear and bright. No age-toned pages No signs of previous ownership (no previous ownership inscriptions).just taspe applied to corners of the card cover as re-inforcement. Book has appearance of only minimal use. A very attractive/desirable copy. Illustrated. 755pp. (incl. index). The unpacked weight of this heavy book is approx. 1330g. (Please note: books that weigh over 1kg. (1000g) when packed will exceed the quoted postage rate to overseas destinations). This BOOK IS IN STOCK and READY TO MAIL NOW. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by The Book Collector (Established:1993). ***Prompt professional service - satisfaction guaranteed.*** Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 8000

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Title: THE DICTIONARY OF IMAGINARY PLACES

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, London

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Large Format Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Throughout the ages, writers have created an astonishing diversity of imaginary places, worlds of enchantment, horror and delight. This guidebook takes the reader on a tour of more than 1200 imaginary cities, islands, countries, and contintents, from Homer to the late 1990s. Places visited include Atlantis, Dracula's Castle, Middle Earth, Baskerville Hall, Utopia, and Earthsea. The inspiration comes from writers as diverse as Lewis Carroll, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur Conan doyle, L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, John Lennon, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Graham Greene.

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Like an ordinary geographical dictionary, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places contains alphabetically organized entries for more than a thousand locales. In this case, however, the locales in question are far from ordinary--they range from the orc-ridden wastes of Tolkien's Middle-earth to the languorous shores of Homer's Island of the Lotus-Eaters. Though for the most part these fantastical lands are mapped and chronicled with straight-faced seriousness, the encyclopedia is not without a certain deadpan wit. For example, the entry for Oz describes "a large rectangular country divided into four small countries.... As a famous visitor once remarked, Oz is not Kansas." This handsome and whimsically charming book, adorned with fanciful line drawings and maps, is rich with enough fictive detail to please the most inveterate reader.

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