First edition. Publisher's original pictorial wrappers, bound into later blue and red cloth hardcovers, with titles in silver to the spine. With an introduction by Lord Dowding (Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding). An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents, including the pictorial front wrapper, rear wrapper and both flaps are clean and bright. There is a single sentence of text underlined in red and presentation inscription in blue ink on the front endpaper. Scarce.

Daphne Charters was the author of two key works of fairy lore: a small pamphlet entitled The Origin, Life and Evolution of Fairies (1951) and the present volume A True Fairy Tale (1956) which reprints her first work in chapter one. The author claimed to have daily conversations with the small workforce of fairies resident in her home and garden. She saw the entire natural and human world as being run by these industrious creatures, beings who 'covered every inch' of the visible and invisible universe. In many ways Charters' theories built upon those of Geoffrey Hodson published in his book 'The Kingdom of God' (1952), but she disagreed with his views in two ways. Firstly, his belief was that fairies could not speak, whereas she was in constant, chatty dialogue with her good neighbours. Secondly, her vision of a hierarchy of nature spirits was far more systematic and orderly than Hodson's. Charters discovered a scale of being from the microscopic, simple and short-lived rudines all the way up to God. The intermediate stages included gnomes, elves and fairies, each longer-lived, larger and more mentally developed that the other. A vegetarian, Daphne Charters also operated the London boutique of Beauty Without Cruelty, a pioneer retailer in the field of cosmetics free from animal ingredients.

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