anyone who knows anything about fairy culture, and even some of those who don’t, know of Brian Froud. he’s famous for his fairy art, and for good reason. there’s something very primal and organic, but at the same time, beautiful about his work. in addition to his art, he was also a part of the films dark crystal and labyrinth.
he has several books out, all of which i have.
Faeries, Good Faeries Bad Faeries, Goblins, Runes of Elf Land, Brian Froud’s World of Faerie, Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book, Lady Cottington’s Fairy Album, Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy letters, and so on.
my favourite of these would be the cottington books, not because the other books aren’t just as wonderful, they are, but because the cottington books have more of a narrative. they follow the tale of a girl as she deals with these pesky fairies that follow her around… even though she keeps trying to squish them. it’s sweet and funny and whimsical. Lady Cottington’s Fairy Album is one of my favourite books, and was my very first Froud.