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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

Oliver Twist; Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress
Charles Dickens. By “Boz”, 1838.

3 vol., first edition in book form, first issue, half-titles to vols. 1 and 2, advertisement leaf at beginning of vol. 3, engraved frontispieces and 21 plates, 4pp. advertisements to end of vol.1, later bookseller’s advertisements laid to paste-down of vol.1, plates oxidised, browning and occasional spotting to text leaves, original cloth, rebacked preserving original spine strip, recased, cloth faded and rubbed in part, in later cloth slip-case with calf label, [Smith 4], 8vo,

With the “Boz” title and the “Fireside” plate at the end of volume 3.

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    Ah man, I love old books. "Please sir, I want som’oar!" "There you go, there’s an oar!" -Arthur.
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