The illustrated guide to pretty much everything.
it's the content of the History that's horrible. The books themselves are actually quite entertaining.
Some of Tolkien's Fair(l)y (good) Tales.
"What manner of creature is a hobbit? What is the nature of the hole in which he dwells?"
As the name would suggest, the series of history books written by famed late-1700s Prussian historian Aloysius von Horrible. [Note: Not a real person]
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