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Fantastic creatures of the mountains and seas : a Chinese classic  Cover Image Book Book

Fantastic creatures of the mountains and seas : a Chinese classic / text by Jiankun Sun ; illustrated by Siyu Chen ; translated and with an introduction by Howard Goldblatt.

Sun, Jiankun, (author.). Goldblatt, Howard, 1939- (translator.). Chen, Siyu, (illustrator.).


Fantastic Creatures of the Mountains and Seas is a new translation for contemporary readers of a classic Chinese text that is at once the geography of an ancient world, a bestiary of mythical creatures, and a book of cultural and medicinal lore. Illustrated throughout with more than 180 two-color drawings, it is a work for lovers of fantasy and mythology, ancient knowledge, fabulous beasts, and inspired art. The beings catalogued within these pages come from the regions of the known world, from the mountains and seas, the Great Wastelands, and the Lands Within the Seas that became China. They include spirits and deities and all sorts of strange creatures--dragons and phoenixes, hybrid beasts, some hideous or with a call like wood splitting, or that portend drought or flood or bounty; others whose flesh cures disease or fends off nightmares, or whose pelt guarantees many progeny.

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  • ISBN: 9781950691388
  • ISBN: 1950691381
  • Physical Description: xvii, 356 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
  • Edition: First English-language edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Authorized English translation from the Chinese-language edition, entitled Shanhaijing (or Shan hai jing), published in China by Tsinghua University Press Limited, 2015.
Language Note:
Text in English, translated from the Chinese.
Subject: Animals, Mythical > China.
Mythology, Chinese.
China > Description and travel.
Ethnology > China.
Animals, Mythical > China.
Animaux fabuleux > Chine.
Mythologie chinoise.
Chine > Descriptions et voyages.
Ethnologie > Chine.
Animals, Mythical.
Mythology, Chinese.
Genre: illustrated books.
Illustrated works.
Illustrated works.
Ouvrages illustrés.

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