Mythic Bestiary HC (2008) comic books
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1st printing. "Mythic Bestiary: The Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Fantastical Creatures" By Tony Allan. Dragons and firebirds, fairies and orcs - these are just a few of the residents of The Mythic Bestiary. A whole menagerie of make-believe beings from the earth, water, and air inhabit these stunningly written and eye-catching pages, from Japan's Yukki-onna, a beautiful but deadly spirit who appeared to stranded travelers, to the two-headed venomous snake Amphisbaena, which hailed from the imagination of the Greek poet Nicander. Many are hybrids such as the Quetzalcoatl, the Aztecs' gorgeous combination of serpent and bird; others, more monstrous, tested the mettle of ancient heroes. This guide gives not only a taxonomy of size, appearance, habitat, and powers, but also provides vivid descriptions of the cultures that produced them. Hardcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11 1/2-in., 256 pages, full color. Cover price $29.95.