A Natural History of Magick (Folklore Field Guides) (Hardcover)
This enchantingly illustrated natural history of magick, compiled in the 1920s by the globetrotting naturalist Professor Conrad Gessner for his grandson, is now unveiled for readers of today.
Featuring a gold foil–embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker and sprayed gold edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with intriguing sketches and precise notes detailing the secret world of magic, a natural force hidden all around us.
Inside, you will discover the history of magic and its dazzling array of practices around the globe. Delight in this hidden world as you learn about these and more topics:
- Different types of magic (Explore divination, tarot reading, astrology, numerology, alchemy, and more.)
- Powerful plants (Peppermint is fantastic for cleansing, and also known to ward off vampires.)
- Wand trees (Apple tree wands are helpful in matters of love and fertility while beech is best for scholars using wordy spells.)
- Familiars (Choose the perfect magical companion. If you love to gossip, you might choose a ferret as your familiar or, for improved thinking, an owl.)
- The most magical of days (Discover the power and stories of Imbolc, the solstices, All Hallows’ Eve, and more.)
- Magical scripts (Learn about the secret languages used through history for communicating with the spirit world.)
About the Author
Poppy David is a writer based in London. After a childhood spent in deep dark West Country, she graduated from Oxford Brookes in 2011 and from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2012, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art History. This led her initially to Christie’s auction house, and then to research for arts publisher Thames & Hudson. She is currently working on her debut middle-grade novel.
Jessica Roux is a Nashville-based illustrator and plant and animal enthusiast. She loves exploring in her own backyard and being surrounded by an abundance of nature. Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora, fauna, food, and many other things with intricate detail reminiscent of old world beauty. Her first book with Frances Lincoln is A Natural History of Fairies (September 2020).