Letters from Fairyland

VAN SANDWYK, Charles (author and illustrator). Letters from Fairyland.

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VAN SANDWYK, Charles (author and illustrator). Letters from Fairyland. [British Columbia, Canada; Savuti Press.] 2016.

8vo. Original pale sage green linen-textured pictorial card covers with prettily decorated turn-ins; pp. [12] on cream linen-textured stock; with delicate illustrations and decorations throughout in colours and sepia; the front and rear covers both affixed with marbled card pockets containing, in the upper one, a neatly folded 'letter' (with delightful facsimile stamps and postmark) purportedly from Emma Gladstone to the artist and printed in van Sandwyk's characteristic calligraphic sepia; the rear pocket containing an accordion-folded 6-leaf panorama of 'Little People Common to the Natural Forest' by van Sandwyk printed throughout in colour to both sides; also included are 4 other loose inserts in pockets including a letter; illustrated fairy bank notes; a Royal Summons from the King of the Woodland Gnomes; and a note written on a folded paper leaf, all finely calligraphed by the artist with his exquisitely detailed decorations.
First edition of a beautiful hand-crafted production by van Sandwyk's cottage industry. This copy is signed in ink to the final leaf by the artist. A glorious production which was inspired by a letter to the artist from a 9-year-old English girl who asked for advice on attracting fairies to her garden. Van Sandwyk's artistic touch is as light and delicate as the fairy dust he disseminates in his books.

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