In times gone by people pressed treasures between the pages of books. I’ve bought old books and found old flowers, fragile but gorgeous.
Years ago, one of my best friends showed me a book called Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book.Written by Terry Jones (of Monty Python’s Flying Circus fame) this diary chronicles the life of Angelica Cottington. Angelica can see fairies and though beautiful, they are bothersome nuisances to her. The only reasonable solution is to smash them between the pages of her journal.
The watercolor illustrations are gorgeous, painted by Brian Froud. Some of the fairies died in lewd positions so part of the journal is sealed for the protection of innocents. Speaking of lewd positions, the fairies manage to get Lady Cottington into a precarious situation or two as well. Though funny this book is not for children!
I believe the story was based on the famous Cottingly fairy photographs. Here is the most famous:
I own Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book as well as Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells but there are more books written by either Jones or Froud that I’ve put on my Thriftbooks.com wishlist. Maybe next year for my birthday…