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Book of Fairy
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Original Name


Romanized Name

Yōsei no Sho


Paracelsus (パラケルスス Parakerususu)


Chapter 4 (light novel 1);
Chapter 2 (manga);
Episode 1


It summons the powers of a sylph.


(Hugh, in the anime)


Inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf

Book of Fairy is a Phantom Book written by alchemist Paracelsus and used by Dalian. In the manga, it's also known as Liber de Sylphis, the Book of Sylphis. It opposed The Harlequinade’s powers. In the anime, it was read by Hugh to defeat a dragon. It's present in the Turn-Up Book story.

The Book of Fairy is a grimoire, a textbook of magic. Its pages are made of parchment and its letters are written with animal blood.[1] In the anime, its gilded cover shows a sylph and has two green ribbon bows.[2]


This Phantom Book is one of the few remaining tomes of the middle ages that reveal techniques to control spirits. Most of them were burned or replaced by fakes.[1] It’s contained inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf under the control number 390,520. It was authored by Paracelsus.[3]

It's based on a real-life work called “Liber de nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris, et de caeteris spiritibus”, by Swiss German philosopher Paracelsus, published posthumously in 1566. It describes four elementals, fundamental building blocks of nature: gnomes, sylphs, salamanders and nymphs, corresponding to earth, air, fire and water, respectively.[4][5]


A sylph is summoned in the form of a strong wind. When the book is opened, a shock wave is created, repelling any attack. It was capable of engulfing The Harlequinade’s dragon with its own flame.[1]

In the manga, it summons a powerful gust of wind that keeps the enemies away. Soon after, an alchemy circle covers the surroundings and energy is released like an explosion, making opponents disappear.[3]



In the anime adaptation, Hugh reads the Book of Fairy to summon a sylph and defeat the dragon.[2]

Liber de Nymphis (anime)

Pages from the Book of Fairy.

A dark and silent abyss where the souls of the dead wander.
My foray into the abyss began with the innocence of a child chasing after a butterfly.
Eternal pain. Each breath brings with it smothering despair.
What words might I offer if I were to come across my mother and father?
So long it has been since I bound across the earth, amassing a wealth of knowledge.
The intellect of a demon. The ultimate equation which barred my path.
And the solution. I continued to search.
For a simple and universal answer.
Joy. The joy of life. The consummate joy of man that shall never fade.
However, the irregular wingbeats of the butterfly give rise to an infinite array of realities.
The laws of life sneer at human wisdom and escape from our grasp.
Cries of all kinds are averted, yet poverty never goes away.
Humans devour each other, succumb to disease, and cry out in agony as they die.

Oh, Sheol.
Merciless god of the underworld. Death incarnate. Hear my voice! Hear the grievous sobs of a mourning child!
The carcass of the butterfly you have ensnared may pale or tear apart, yet still, there are those who would defy death for a single scale.
Behold! As the ferocious worms take flight into the sky again.
Crushed dreams… Lingering rays of sunset transformed into brilliant light…
Curl your lips into a smile.
Spread your wings with fervor! Take flight! Butterfly of despair!"


In the manga, it’s shown a page with an alchemy circle. The symbol shines before the circle covers the surroundings, going beyond the pages of the book. On the adjacent page, the first three strophes of Dies Irae can be read in Latin.[3]

"The day of wrath, that day
will dissolve the world in ashes,
David being witness along with the Sibyl.

How great will be the quaking,
when the Judge will come,
investigating everything strictly.

The trumpet, scattering a wondrous sound
through the sepulchres of the regions,
will summon all before the throne."


Dragon's defeat

The powers of a sylph from the Book of Fairy.

Hugh and Dalian are heading to Conrad’s study to seal The Harlequinade, since Conrad had taken the book from Wesley and released its creatures. They are stopped by a dragon. Hugh decides to distract the monster while Dalian runs to seal the Phantom Book. However, she tells Hugh to say the words inscribed in his golden key. The gates on Dalian’s chest are unlocked by Hugh. The dragon spits its flames, but Dalian is faster. She reaches her arm into her chest and pulls out the Book of Fairy. When she opens it, a shock wave is created next to her. She had summoned a sylph. The flames are reflected back to the dragon, which suffers, roaring and squirming on the ground. Hugh and Dalian use the chance to reach Conrad’s study.[1]

In the anime, the Book of Fairy appears from Dalian’s chest and ends up in Hugh’s hands. He reads the book, while some scenes show his childhood and experiences during the Great War. Dalian is also shown, sad due to Wesley’s death. The dragon turns to ashes after its flames are reflected by the Book of Fairy.[2]

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Hugh reads the Book of Fairy.

In the manga, the book is also used by Dalian. A gust of wind is created to keep the characters from The Harlequinade away. Dalian is shown with black eyes. Then, an alchemy circle shines above the mansion and in one of the pages of the book, causing an explosion that makes the circus creatures disappear.[3]


  • In the anime, the text read by Hugh mentions butterflies. Golden butterflies appear along with the gust of wind that defeats the dragon. It also mentions the "intellect of a demon"[2], something related to Phantom Books and the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[1]
    • The name Sheol or She'ol mentioned in the anime refers to the underworld in the Hebrew Bible and sometimes as the personification of evil.[6]
    • The text may also refer to Butterfly effect. In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state can result in large differences in a later state. The term butterfly effect is closely associated with the work of American mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz. It is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a tornado being influenced by minor perturbations such as a distant butterfly flapping its wings several weeks earlier.[7]
  • Translated as “Day of Wrath”, Dies Irae is a Latin hymn dating from the 13th century, attributed to either Italian friar Thomas of Celano or to Italian cardinal Latino Malabranca Orsini. It describes the Doomsday, the day of judgement, when the souls are summoned by God to be saved or punished for eternity.[8]
  • Both texts from the Book of Fairy that appear in the anime and manga describe a man praying to a deity.[2][3]
  • The term "sylph" originates in Paracelsus' works and refers to a mythological spirit of the air. They are associated with fairies and described as rougher, taller, and stronger than humans.[10]
  • The Book of Fairy is seen during the opening.[13]
  • The Phantom Book is really titled Book of Yōsei.[1] Yōsei is a Japanese word generally synonymous with the English term "fairy". Today, the word usually refers to spirits from Western legends.[14]
  • A mock Book of Fairy is included in the special edition of Codex 1, the first volume of the Japanese DVDs and Blu-ray discs.[15]
Fairy Codex

The Book of Fairy included in Codex 1.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 2.
  4. Elemental. (2016, December 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:43, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elemental&oldid=754182671
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paracelsus. (2017, February 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:49, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paracelsus&oldid=764877803
  6. Sheol. (2017, February 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:55, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sheol&oldid=765568513
  7. Butterfly effect. (2020, December 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:30, January 10, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Butterfly_effect&oldid=996492211
  8. Dies Irae. (2017, February 18). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:56, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dies_Irae&oldid=766134707
  9. G-Yuusuke. In MyAnimeList. Retrieved21:16, from https://myanimelist.net/people/19968/G-Yuusuke 
  10. Sylph. (2017, July 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:16, September 2, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sylph&oldid=788495918
  11. Van Hohenheim. In Fullmetal Alchemist Wiki. Retrieved 21:16, September 2, 2017, from https://fma.fandom.com/wiki/Van_Hohenheim
  12. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 4, volume 3.
  13. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, opening.
  14. Yōsei. (2020, February 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:31, April 16, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Y%C5%8Dsei&oldid=942950831
  15. ダンタリアンの書架-Blu-ray 第1巻 [Blu-ray]. In Amazon Japan. Retrieved 14:15, October 15, 2020, from amazon.co.jp/ダンタリアンの書架-Blu-ray-第1巻-Blu-ray-沢城みゆき/dp/B00593N1X6
Phantom Books
72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash - Atargatis Scripture - Book of a Thousand Sorrows - Book of Adventure - Book of Atonement - Book of Avalon - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fairy - Book of Fetus - Book of Gap - Book of Humanization - Book of Hypnosis - Book of Lifetime - Book of Relationship - Book of Styx - Book of the Eleusis Ritual - Book of the House-Elf - Book of Imprint - Book of Meditation of Supreme Cooking - Book of Oblivion - Book of the Outer God - Book of Paradise - Book of Royal Power - Book of the Sage - Book of the Salamander's Seal - Book of Sleep - Book of the Descendant of the Mist - Book of the Feast of the Dead of the Windowless Hall - Book of the Flatterer - Book of the Jealous Girlfriend - Book of the King's Coffin - Book of the Ritual of the Migratory Locusts - Book of the Silver Well - Book of Those Who Want Beauty - Book of Twilight - Book of Wisdom - Catalogue - Collection of Visions - Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat - Decorative Plywood of Merneith - Depiction of Mountains and Rivers - Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings - Divine Pattern of Floating Silk - Faceless Book - Fata Morgana - Go in an Instant - Hezār Afsān - Hymn of Hel - Logbook - John Wilkes Booth’s Diary - Kairos’ Dynastic History - Loge - Memories of That Day - Old Bradshaw’s Timetable - Pioneer Book - Phantom Book of Resurrection - Phantom Score - Rahōto Reihō Kaigen - Ritual of Reality - Template Book - The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads - The Clay Tablet of Ugarit - The Dictator's Book - The Great Queen Poem - The Harlequinade - The Nāgārjuna’s Manuscript - The Ophiuchus Manuscript - The Pedigree of All Creations - The Sage's Slate - The Scent God's Scripture - The World - Vignette of Eternal Twilight

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