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The MFLIBRA Antique Books Blog

Journeying with George MacDonald's Timeless Classic "At the Back of the North Wind"

Journeying with George MacDonald's Timeless Classic "At the Back of the North Wind"

  Every so often, a work emerges from the annals of literature that is not only enchanting but also enlightening. George MacDonald's "At the Back of the North Wind" is precisely one such masterpiece. This timeless tale, with its elements of fantasy and profound wisdom, has been a cherished gem in the world of literature for over a century. Today, we delve deeper into its significance and the allure of its antique editions. Stepping into MacDonald's Magical Realm George MacDonald, a Scottish author, and minister, is often hailed as the godfather of modern fantasy. Through works like "At the Back...

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Discovering the Mystical: "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies" by Robert Kirk

Discovering the Mystical: "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies" by Robert Kirk

In the hidden corners of our world, there have always been tales of mystical beings – entities that coexist with humans, unseen and often unknown. Nestled within the collection of MFLIBRA Antique Books is one such fascinating gem that delves into this subject: "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies" by Robert Kirk. A Peek into the Unknown Written in the 17th century by the Scottish minister Robert Kirk, this manuscript offers a meticulous and comprehensive account of the world of supernatural creatures. Unlike many other treatises of the time, Kirk's work is not purely fictive; it is an...

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Arthur Conan Doyle: Delving into "The Coming of the Fairies"

Arthur Conan Doyle: Delving into "The Coming of the Fairies"

Arthur Conan Doyle: Delving into "The Coming of the Fairies" For many of us, the name Sir Arthur Conan Doyle immediately conjures up images of the iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the fog-covered streets of Victorian London. Yet, Conan Doyle was not just a writer of detective stories. His oeuvre spanned across multiple genres including history, science fiction, and spiritualism. One of the lesser-known works, but a highly intriguing one, is “The Coming of the Fairies.” The Background Published in 1922, "The Coming of the Fairies" is a world away from the logical deductions of Holmes. This book details Conan...

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Discovering Hidden Treasures: "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Discovering Hidden Treasures: "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Discovering Hidden Treasures: "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett Hello, fellow bibliophiles! Welcome back to the MFLIBRA Antique Books online bookstore blog. Today, we'll be exploring a timeless classic, a gem nestled within our Antique Books collection: "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This enchanting tale, first published in 1911, has captured readers' hearts for over a century, and its magic remains undimmed to this day. "The Secret Garden" weaves the captivating story of Mary Lennox, a spoilt, love-starved child who, after being uprooted from her home in India following her parents' demise, finds herself in the heart...

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Unveiling the Enigma: 'Hans of Iceland' by Victor Hugo, a Rarity in Antique English Literature

Unveiling the Enigma: 'Hans of Iceland' by Victor Hugo, a Rarity in Antique English Literature

When we consider the literary oeuvre of the illustrious French author, Victor Hugo, it's impossible to overlook classics such as "Les Misérables" and "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame." Yet, a select few scholars and antique book enthusiasts might turn their gaze toward a lesser-known title, "Hans of Iceland," which carries its own rich tapestry of history and intrigue. Today, we delve into this captivating relic of literary heritage, first published in English in 1825. The Genesis of a Masterpiece "Hans of Iceland" was Victor Hugo's debut novel, originally published in French under the title "Han d'Islande" in 1823 when Hugo was...

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