"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
Printing with the Handpress: Herewith a Definitive Manual…to Encourage Fine Printing through Hand-craftsmanship
Allen, Lewis M.. Kentfield, CA; Allen Press, 1969
Illustrated by Victor A. Seward. Decorations engraved on wood by Mallette Dean. Printed in Romanée type designed by Jan Van Krimpen for Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, on hand-made paper from Wookey Hole Mill in England with the watermark of the Allen Press. 12x8, decorative full linen with “hand” design based on a 15th century woodcut, acetate cover. One of 140 copies, handset and printed by Lewis & Dorothy Allen.
One of the most beautiful and sought-after productions from the Allens, considered by many their masterwork. Allen Press 34.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Allen Press, Greenbrae, CA, 1991.
Illustrated with wood engravings by John DePol. 11x7, color floral decorated cloth, paper spine label, acetate. One of 115 copies printed on mould-made Rives paper.
“Are there such idle rumors?” asked Beatrice, with the music of a pleasant laugh. “Do people say that I am skilled in my father’s science of plants? What a jest is there! No; though I have grown up among these flowers, I know no more of them than their hues and perfume; and sometimes, methinks I would fain rid myself of even that small knowledge. There are many flowers here, and those not the least brilliant, that shock and offend me, when they meet my eye. But, pray, Signor, do not believe these stories about my science. Believe nothing of me save what you see with your own eyes.”
The Poeticon Astronomicon
(ALLEN PRESS.) Hyginus, Gaius Julius. Greenbrae, 1985.
Translated into English by Mark Livingston and D. Neel Smith. 48 woodcut illustrations reproducing those in Ratdolt’s edition of 1482; title-page and initials hand-colored. Printed damp on handmade paper by the Barcham Green Mill. 4to, blue slubbed linen pictorially stamped in blue and red; linen slipcase; prospectus leaf laid in. Norman J. Sondheim bookplate. one of 140 unnumbered copies.
Four Poems of the Occult
Yvan Goll. Image art by Pablo Picasso. Allen Press, Kentfield, 1962.
One of 130 unnumbered sets printed and designed by Lewis and Dorothy Allen.
4 lithographed plates by Picasso, 3 by Tanguy, 8 wood-engraved plates by Arp, and 6 reproductions of drawings by Leger; decorations by Mallette Dean, and hand-colored initials. Folio, 401x208 mm; 16x11 inches, comprises five fascicles, each laid into tan cloth chemise and slipcase.
Contents: Book 1. Goll & his illustrators.—book 2. The magic circles, translated by C. Goll & E. Sellin, illustrated by Fernand Léger.—book 3. Elegy of Ihpetonga, translated by B. Deutsch, L. Bogan & C. Goll, illustrated by Pablo Picasso.—book 4. The myth of the pierced rock, translated by L. Bogan, illustrated by Yves Tanguy.—book 5. Multiple woman, translated by F. Carmody, illustrated by Jean Arp.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Edgar Allan Poe. Antibes-France, Allen Press, 1958.
Illustrated with title-page decoration & 6 multicolored chapter headings by Dorothy Allen. 9½x6, tri-color printed boards, black spine, gray covers, front with lettered red colored strip, acetate. 1 of 150 copies printed on Richard de Bas hand-made paper on an Albion hand press.
B-A Note: Interesting interpretation. It’s not a style I would associate with Rue Morgue, these clean spare geometric shapes.
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Greenbrae CA, Allen Press, 1991.
Reflections on Hawthorne by Poe, Trollope and James. Illustrated with wood engravings by John DePol. 11x7, color floral decorated cloth, paper spine label, acetate. One of 115 copies printed on mould-made Rives paper.
The Poeticon Astronomicon
Gaius Julius Hyginus. Allen Press, CA, 1985.
Reproduces the woodcut illustrations from Ratdolt’s edition of 1482. 28.4x18cm. (11x6¾”), decorative linen; linen slipcase. 1 of 140 copies. Printed damp on handmade paper by the Barcham Green Mill. Allen Press Biblio. 51.