"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
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901. Dessins, Estampes, Affiches
Maurice Joyant. H. Floury, Paris, 1927.
Illustrated throughout with color plates, plates printed green, red or black, black and white illustrations and one original dry-point etching “Portrait de Monsieur X”. 26.2x19.8 cm. (10¼x7¾”), modern half morocco & marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt, morocco labels; original front wrapper bound in.
Beautifully illustrated catalogue of the works of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, including many color reproductions of original lithographs on fine paper; and the original dry-point.
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Paris, Adrien Maeght, 1965
Artwork by Warja Lavater. 16x11.3 cm. (6¼x4½”), accordion-bound between two maroon cloth-covered boards, paper cover label. With plastic slipcase.
An abstract representation of the story, using pictorial symbols as characters to relay the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood. A key at the beginning helps the reader discern the symbols in this interesting and colorful little book. With a one page slip explaining the publication in French.
B-A Note: *boggles* I really wish I could see the key to make sense of this. You may want to click here to see the full-size image.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Au Cirque. Vingt-deux dessins aux crayons de couleur. Paris: Goupil, 1905 — Au Cirque. Dix-sept dessins aux crayons de couleur. Paris: Librairie de France, ca. 1905
2 portfolios, unbound as issued (17 1/4 x 12 3/4 in.; 438 x 324 mm). Title and text with each portfolio, 39 fine lithographed plates mounted on card, each with numbered protective sheet attached to card. Publisher’s half cloth portfolios, printed boards with Lautrec’s monogram in red.
Wanderings and Pencillings amongst Ruins of the Olden Time Cuitt (George) Etched frontispiece, 58 plates on 51 sheets and mounted vignettes on india paper, occasional finger-soiling, contemporary red crushed half morocco, gilt, spine in compartments and richly gilt, corners worn, rubbed and soiled, folio, 1855. via Bloomsbury Auctions
via Google: ‘Cuitt was the only child of George Cuitt, a landscape and topographical painter, and his wife Jane….Nothing is known of his education or training, but he assisted in his father’s work and turned to etching as a result of his enthusiasm for Piranesi. in about 1804 he went to Chester as a drawing master, and from 1810 onward he published several series of etchings of ancient castles and abbeys, town houses, and picturesque cottages.”