"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

Jell-O and the KEWPIES
Le Roy, NY: Genesee Pure Food Co., © 1915

First printing of this classic advertising booklet displaying Rose Cecil O’Neill’s belovedKewpies in color-printed, cherubic splendor. The introduction offers a portrait of O’Neill and a discussion of the famed cookbook authors who contributed desserts to this pamphlet (Marion Harland, Mrs. Lincoln, Mrs. Rorer, etc.); eight large color-printed Kewpie vignettes are featured, while additional smaller Kewpies are scattered throughout the text. A bonus color-printed leaflet on Jell-O Ice Cream Powder is attached.

B-A Note: I surprised myself to find that I had used the Jell-O tag before - I had forgotten about that one! People do collect the oddest things. Including me, of course.

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