The Enchanted World

In the 1980’s Time Life Books published a subscription series caled ‘The Enchanted World’. All in all 21 titles were completed with each book focused on different aspects of mythology or folklore. These were a quality production, well bound, gilt titles, fantastic artwork and the stories and detail well researched. We love the little sidebar stories or trivia notes that are found throughout -usually associated with an image. Reading these provides a good basis to fantasy in general, from Grendel to Arthur. 

We have a complete set as shown here, we’ve also included some snaps of just some of the lavish artwork found in these. Surprisingly one can still readily get a complete set fairly easily on eBay and at relatively low cost. Most sets we’ve seen tend to be shown without the dust jackets - this may be because of the impressive tipped in image on cloth cover.