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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

The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer, illustrated by William Russell Flint.
London, Riccardi Press, 1913.

3 volumes. With 36 mounted color plates by William Russell Flint; printed tissue guards. 26x20 cm. (10½x7¾”), original full limp vellum lettered in gilt, ribbon ties, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. No. three of 12 copies printed on vellum by Charles T. Jacobi in the Riccardi Fount, of which ten were for sale.

Beautiful issue of the Flint Canterbury Tales from the Riccardi Press, printed on vellum. Exceptionally rare - no copies printed on vellum have sold at auction over the last 35 years, according to American Book Prices Current.

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