"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
Aventures d’Alice au Pays des Merveilles. Traduit de l’Anglais par Henri Bué.
Lewis Carrol. London, Macmillan and Co., 1869
Rare first French edition in a rich collector’s binding with an autograph letter in French by the author, the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), bound in at the beginning. Beautiful copy, with a kind of ms. title-page added in front of the bound-in autograph letter by Dodgson, and with small gilt monogram A.C. of the French collector on first endpaper.
Alice in Wonderland, illustrations.. Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (1832-1898). — Dali, Salvador (1904-1989), illustrator. New York: W.U.C.U.A. and Maecenas Press - Random House, 1969. via Christie’s.
2o. Etched frontispiece and 12 colored plates by Dali. Loose as issued in original brown cloth chemise, quarter morocco folding case with bone clasps (joint slightly cracked, leather strap torn). LIMITED EDITION, number 1787 of 2500 copies signed by Dali and printed on mandeure paper.
B-A Note: Alice illustrations by Dali?!? Ah, if I only had a spare $6 grand lying around.