"May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books." -Thomas Carlyle

Welcome to my virtual book collection. Since collecting actual books is somewhat cost-prohibitive, I've begun to amass all of the books I would love to have if I had the means. Some are new, lots are old, all are unique or beautiful or unusual or in some other way have captured my fancy. Enjoy browsing!

Special Collections: Fine Bindings ~ Fairies and Fairy Tales ~ Terror and Madness ~ Poetry ~ Food, Drink and Apothecary ~ Science Fiction ~ Illuminations, Lettering and Hand-Coloring ~ Magic ~ Supernatural and Occult ~ Alchemy ~ Science and Technical ~ Maritime ~ Costumes ~ Humor ~ Children's books ~ Legend of King Arthur ~ Americana ~ 18th Century ~ 19th Century

Authors and illustrators: Edgar Allan Poe ~ Jules Verne ~ Edmund Dulac ~ Kay Nielsen ~ Arthur Rackham ~ Edward Gorey ~ Charles Dickens ~ H.P. Lovecraft ~ William Hope Hodgson ~ Mark Twain ~ Lewis Carroll ~ Salvador Dali ~ George Cruikshank ~ Emily Dickinson ~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~ H.G. Wells

Nice, M.J.! Looking forward to reading it.


Carnacki: The New Adventures (Ulthar Press)

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Edited by Sam Gafford
Cover by MS Corley
Carnacki: Captain Gault’s Nemesis
by William Meikle
Monmouth’s Giants by Josh Reynolds
A Gaslight Horror by P. V. Ross
Carnacki and the President’s Vampire by Robert Pohle
The Spar: A Story of Carnacki by Fred Blosser
The Braes of the Blackstarr by Robert Jefferson
The Magician’s Study by Buck Weiss
How They Met Themselves by Charles R. Rutledge
The Haunting of Tranquil House by Jim Beard
The Ghosts of Kuskulang by Amy K. Marshall
A Job for Carnacki by Robert M. Price
Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling

Mythopoeikon - the paintings, Etchings, Book-Jacket and Record-Sleeve Illustrations of Patrick Woodroffe.
Patrick Woodroffe. Simon & Schuster, NY.

by Hartley, L[eslie] P[oles]
Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House,. 1948.
First edition. Signed by Hartley on the front free endpaper.

"Hartley scattered supernatural material throughout his short story collections, as well as the mainstream novels, such as THE GO-BETWEEN, for which he is better known. The present volume concentrates most of this material in one collection. The author worked mainly as a critic and reviewer, writing fiction on the side and bringing to it a sensibility that fused "a Hobbesian view of human nature [and] a childlike rapture …" (Sullivan, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 193)" (text from ABAA)


PROBLEM - Aleksandra Waliszewska 

Published by Timeless - 2013 - France
21x29 cm - 180 pages in colours - Clothbound 

Foreword by David Tibet (Current 93)

First major monography about young polish artist Alexandra Waliszewska.

Problem is the first volume of a 2 books anthology and presents all the vertical oriented artworks done by the artist.

Limited to 300 copies (250 available to public)

Heading: (Beardsley, Aubrey)
Author: **
Title: The Uncollected Work of Aubrey Beardsley
Place: New York
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company
Date: [1925]

xxiv, [4] pp. 162 plates interleaved with descriptive letter press. (4to) 28.3x22 cm. (11¼x8¾”) original white cloth stamped in blue. First American Edition. Introduction by C. Lewis Hind. Several of the illustrations appear here for the first time, others are likely not actually by Beardsley.

H.P. Lovecraft
Deep Wood Press, 2013

"Original collagraph image and border design by Chad Pastotnik. Pamphlet stitched with 450gsm (heavy) Twinrocker Micah Rose covers, a heavy Arches Black spine, printed washi eastern pattern flyleaves and silver foil stamped title on the cover."

Rumbullion, and Other Liminal Libations
Molly Tanzer, Egaeus Press, 2013

B-A’s most recent acquisition. I am partway through the feature novella and it is fantastic. The book itself is lovely, sewn hardback with endpaper illustrations

Mock Beggar Hall
Robert Graves. Hogarth Press. 1924.

First Edition. Original dark grey boards, the imposing overall front cover design is by William Nicholson and printed in black, Simon Nowell-Smith’s book label, untrimmed.


O, why judge Myrrhina
As though she were a man?
She obeys a dark wisdom
(As Eve did before her)
Which never can fail,
Being bound by no pride
Of armorial bearings
Bequeathed in tail male.

And though your blood brother
Who dared to do you wrong
In his greed of Myrrhina
Might plead a like wisdom
The fault to excuse.
Myrrhina is just,
She has hanged the vain rogue
By the neck from her noose.

Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll. Bound By Kelliegram.
With Fifty Illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co., 1927.

A spectacular Kelliegram pictorial binding, ca. 1927, stamp-signed “Kelliegram Binding London,” of full dark green crushed morocco. Covers decoratively panelled in gilt, with five characters from the story depicted in multi-colored morocco onlays on each cover. The front cover with central onlay of Humpty Dumpty in brown, red, pale green, black, blue and beige morocco and corner onlays of: the White Queen, the Red Queen, Haigha (the Messenger), and Hatta (the other Messenger). The lower cover reiterates the upper’s design with a central onlay of the Walrus in brown red, pale green and beige morocco and corner onlays of: the Carpenter, the Old Sheep, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, the Frog and the Carpener. Spine richly gilt in compartments with dots and pictorial devices. Five raised bands with gilt dots. Turn-ins with gilt corner devices. Amber silk endpapers. All edges gilt.

Spells and Philtres
Clark Ashton Smith, Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1958.

First edition / First printing. Octavo. Hardcover. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. One of 519 copies. Jacket art by Frank Utpatel. Jaffery, Horrors and Unpleasantries #51.

Printing with the Handpress: Herewith a Definitive Manual…to Encourage Fine Printing through Hand-craftsmanship
Allen, Lewis M.. Kentfield, CA; Allen Press, 1969

Illustrated by Victor A. Seward. Decorations engraved on wood by Mallette Dean. Printed in Romanée type designed by Jan Van Krimpen for Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, on hand-made paper from Wookey Hole Mill in England with the watermark of the Allen Press. 12x8, decorative full linen with “hand” design based on a 15th century woodcut, acetate cover. One of 140 copies, handset and printed by Lewis & Dorothy Allen.

One of the most beautiful and sought-after productions from the Allens, considered by many their masterwork. Allen Press 34.


the devil’s dictionary by ambrose bierce

The Devil’s Dictionary is a satirical “reference” book written by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language, lampooning cant and political doublespeak, as well as other aspects of human foolishness and frailty. It was originally published in 1906 as The Cynic’s Word Book before being retitled in 1911. Modern “unabridged” versions that include Bierce “definitions” that were for various reasons missed by earlier editions continue to be popular a century later.

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A classic.

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mlmac11 asked: Love your site. He's not a superstar, but you might want to look into the work of Charles Ricketts and the Vale Press. Beautiful books as art, and the artist whom Mr. Beardsley kind of ripped off, as he himself acknowledged. Not that I don't love Mr. B.

Thank you! And thanks for the tip - I will certainly look into his work.

Melville, Herman. Grasse, Prometheus Press, 1982.

One of five copies signed by artist Frederic Prokosch

[6] + 1 blank leaf + [1] pp. With hand-painted frontispiece illustration, signed with artist’s initials. 15.8x11 cm. (6¼x4¼”), saddle-sewn blue wrappers, paper cover label, clear jacket. Number “alpha” of 5 copies, printed on Guerimand paper.

Three Volumes Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley
- Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. New York: Dutton, 1927, limited to 1600 copies, publisher’s gilt cloth, t.e.g.;
- Fifty Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley„ New York, 1920, numbered 233 of 500 and signed by the publisher, ornately stamped gilt publisher’s cloth;
- A Second Book of Fifty Drawings, London, 1899, limited to 1,000 copies, red publisher’s cloth, pictorial gilt stamped, spine worn and faded, all titles illustrated throughout.

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