The Welsh Fairy Book is the finest example of Welsh book illustration to have been produced in the ferment of the early twentieth century. Published originally in 1907, the stories collected here were set in prose by the Welsh folklorist W. Jenkyn Thomas, editor of classical texts and of the poetry collection Penillion Telyn (1894), and illustrated by the Hungarian graphic artist Willy Pogany in the art nouveau idiom that was at the height of its popularity in the first decade of the twentieth century. This edition includes an introduction by Juliette Wood, chronicling and contextualising changing attitudes towards the work of folklorists and Welsh folk studies, to present again this important example of illustrated text from Wales.
Dr Juliette Wood is a retired Associated Lecturer at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, a Director of the Folklore Society and an Honorary Fellow of the National History Museum of Wales. William Jenkyn Thomas was a Welsh author, best known for his The Welsh Fairy Book. He worked as a lecturer and teacher in addition to his writings, and was the first Head Master at Aberdare Intermediate School.