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The Unicorn

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What is this elusive creature with a horn growing from its forehead? Who is this animal with the power to neutralize poison, a fatal attraction to maidens, and the mythic ability to enrich the cultures of Asia, Arabia, and Europe?

Of all the legendary animals of art, folklore, and literature, the unicorn is the one with the greatest hold on our imaginations. Other fabulous

Hardcover, 191 pages
Published November 24th 1987 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1982)
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When I was a little girl, I was quite intrigued by unicorns. Their single horn, creamy white flanks, and magical capabilities… I was smitten. To this day, I love white horses. Whether young or old, Nancy Hathaway’s “The Unicorn” is a coffee table book which brings back the heavenly unicorn into our lives.

Sadly, “The Unicorn” is not a social history or analytical book. Although the introduction does fall somewhat into that description and provides some very interesting antidotes/symbolic explana
Nov 29, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have collected unicorns since I was a kid. I have always been interested in unicorns so I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked seeing all of the ways unicorns were depicted in art and how they were portrayed by different cultures. I also enjoyed reading the stories about unicorns. This book does not imply that unicorns do not exist. I have always believed that unicorns were an actual animal. When I was in geography class in eighth grade the teacher asked the entire class who believed in u ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Tatjana rated it really liked it
Part of the series that includes "Gnomes" and "Faeries". Beautifully produced book that is cleverly written and absolutely worth finding.
Dec 07, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, animals
Collection of many interesting myths. Really enjoyed it! And the writing (prose) was excellent.
Jan 22, 2016 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very pretty book, which is probably the best thing about it. The artwork is lovely throughout. The text, however is less interesting. It mainly consists of retelling of unicorn myth and story, but unfortunately has little or nothing little or nothing in the way of context or explanation of where each of the stories come from or its place in the history of the unicorn myth. This means the book stands on the quality of the stories, which isn't bad, but neither is it particularly strong.
Feb 11, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had this book as a child and would flip through it over and over again until the cover fell off. I loved/love unicorns and this is a great compendium of information and artwork.
May 02, 2011 Adriene marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythical-beasts
I remember this book from when I was a little girl. I must have checked it out from the library like a million times. So happy to finally have a copy of my own.
An enjoyable book on the history of the unicorn from around the world. Stories and info, combined within a decent sized book. Beautiful pictures as well.
Heather Moore
Oct 02, 2007 Heather Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: secondary-source
I learned some very interesting mythologies surround the unicorn. I think that in a few places, however, the use of images could be strengthend.
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Jul 30, 2013 Eliza A. H. Lord rated it really liked it
In elementary school I learned to draw studying the art in this book, my mom's Michelangelo coffee table book, and photos from Ranger Rick.
Apr 26, 2008 Tortla rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fairy tale nerds
The history of unicorns. Like as legends in different places, and the origins of them. Pretty interesting, if you're a nerd like me.
Jul 29, 2011 Bridgett rated it it was amazing
Lovely unicorn images and a variety of unicorn stories -- including ones that were new to me.
Lee Anne
Feb 20, 2009 Lee Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, history
Too bad you don't have a picture of the cover; it's a beautiful book to the eye.
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Jun 02, 2010 Sparker Pants rated it really liked it
Shelves: gift, unicorns, mine-own
Historical look at how unicorns came to be so pervasive in stories and myth.
Oct 13, 2013 Mckinley rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, myth, ref
Tales about unicorns from many different lands, cultures and times.
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