A Dictionary of Fabulous Beasts

January 1971
34 line illustrations
168 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851156859
Format: Paperback
Boydell Press
BISAC SOC011000, LIT011000, HIS037010

A Dictionary of Fabulous Beasts

Richard Barber, Anne Riches

Mythical creatures drawn largely from medieval travellers' tales, but encompassing civilisations from the Sumerians to the Wild West.
A dictionary? No, this is really an astonishing ark filled with beasts from a fabulous zoo far more varied and entertaining than anything from ordinary natural history. From Abaia and Abath to Ziz and Zu, from the microscopic Gigelorum that nests in a mite's ear to the giant serpent Jormungandor who encircles the whole globe, there are beasts from every corner of man's imagination: the light-hearted Fearsome Critters of lumberjack tales find a place alongside the Sirrush of Babylon and the Winged Bulls of Assyria. Some of the fabulous beasts turn out to be real creatures in disguise - a Cameleopard is a kind of glamourised giraffe -while others are almost, but not quite, human. Among the six hundred entries are some which are full-scale essays in their own right, as on Phoenix or Giants; and just in case it seems as though the authors dreamt up the entire book, there is a detailed list of books for the would-be hunter in this mythical jungle.


Engagingly written and zestfully illustrated... Its six hundred entries are amusing and useful starting points. SPECULUM

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