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"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

A MONSTROUS SERPENT. DISCOVERED AND KILLED IN JANUARY, 1815, NEAR THE BANKS OF THE OHIO, IN KENTUCKY, BY THREE AMERICAN SOLDIERS

Boston: Printed by N. Coverly, [1815].. Broadside, 18 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches. Text printed in three columns below title and pictorial woodcut illustration, heightened in contemporary red ink, all framed in ornamental border. Woodcut measures approximately 6 x 9 inches. Contemporary ink inscription (“$14.00”) in lower margin below border. Early folds. A few small stains and several holes in and around illustration, measuring between 1/4 inch and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Stains and holes surprisingly unobtrusive. A good copy. Matted. A marvelous illustrated broadside containing the account of a massive serpent found and killed at Versailles, Kentucky, near Lexington. The broadside prints the text as an epistolary eyewitness narrative, addressed to the brother of the author in Philadelphia.

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