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Natural Tree Bark Covered Journal/Notebook - Handmade by Fairies - Fairy Bookbinding - Fairy Visitors Book

Natural Tree Bark Covered Journal/Notebook - Handmade by Fairies - Fairy Bookbinding - Fairy Visitors Book

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage paper, Natural Twine, Tree Bark
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An extremely scarce example of fairy book-binding, We came across these in the woods where they had been stacked, presumably by the bookbinder who fled, startled by our approach.
The fairies use bark and found paper to assemble their books. It is their usual custom to 'borrow' books from houses and use the found texts to create their own books. However, it has long been supposed that they also create blank books - although their purpose is unclear.
In fact, so rarely are these artefacts discovered that their very existence is semi-legendary. Katharine Briggs, that great authority on fairy-lore, makes no reference to them in any of her writings. The only reference we could find was in an anonymous pamphlet of 1635, entitled "A True Description of The Kingdom of Robin Goodfellow". This is the relevant extract (spelling corrected):

"Furthermore, it is asserted by the simple people of this region that they (the Fairies) do, betimes, enter in to houses of quality and there remove certain books, with which said books they are amused to furnish their own books in a manner most pleasing to their sensibilities. I have received several accounts of such things being found within those places believed by the people to be those areas most inhabited by them.
Of more curious import, however, is the superstition that these people have regarding their (the Fairies) most secret purposes. For which end they create books of blank leaves, the country-people believing these to be employed for the writing of their charms and for their drawing up of compacts and contracts with men.
I must relate, in regard to this, that the people of this region could not furnish me with any relation that any such of these secret books had been discovered."

Clearly the above extract means that these books are even rarer than supposed. We have left them untouched and in their natural state. Some have moss incorporated into the boards - whether by accident or design we are not certain. One also features a skeleton leaf. Whether these were designed for Fairy use or for their dealing with us - we'll leave that up to you.

Dimensions of the book: 6 x 2 inches. 16 pages of vintage gilt-edged paper. Paper used for the journal dates from approx 1880. However, the bark used - as old as the woodlands.



We have another Etsy shop full of antique and vintage books, prints, decorative items and ephemera at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BooksOnSea

And also an Etsy shop of crochet items at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/twixtseaandpine
Book 2

An extremely scarce example of fairy book-binding, We came across these in the woods where they had been stacked, presumably by the bookbinder who fled, startled by our approach.
The fairies use bark and found paper to assemble their books. It is their usual custom to 'borrow' books from houses and use the found texts to create their own books. However, it has long been supposed that they also create blank books - although their purpose is unclear.
In fact, so rarely are these artefacts discovered that their very existence is semi-legendary. Katharine Briggs, that great authority on fairy-lore, makes no reference to them in any of her writings. The only reference we could find was in an anonymous pamphlet of 1635, entitled "A True Description of The Kingdom of Robin Goodfellow". This is the relevant extract (spelling corrected):

"Furthermore, it is asserted by the simple people of this region that they (the Fairies) do, betimes, enter in to houses of quality and there remove certain books, with which said books they are amused to furnish their own books in a manner most pleasing to their sensibilities. I have received several accounts of such things being found within those places believed by the people to be those areas most inhabited by them.
Of more curious import, however, is the superstition that these people have regarding their (the Fairies) most secret purposes. For which end they create books of blank leaves, the country-people believing these to be employed for the writing of their charms and for their drawing up of compacts and contracts with men.
I must relate, in regard to this, that the people of this region could not furnish me with any relation that any such of these secret books had been discovered."

Clearly the above extract means that these books are even rarer than supposed. We have left them untouched and in their natural state. Some have moss incorporated into the boards - whether by accident or design we are not certain. One also features a skeleton leaf. Whether these were designed for Fairy use or for their dealing with us - we'll leave that up to you.

Dimensions of the book: 6 x 2 inches. 16 pages of vintage gilt-edged paper. Paper used for the journal dates from approx 1880. However, the bark used - as old as the woodlands.



We have another Etsy shop full of antique and vintage books, prints, decorative items and ephemera at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BooksOnSea

And also an Etsy shop of crochet items at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/twixtseaandpine

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