"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
Charles O’Malley: The Irish Dragoon
Charles Lever. Illust. Arthur Rackham. New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1897.
16 full page illustrations by Rackham. (8vo), original maroon cloth, spine and cover stamped in gilt. First American Edition.
Little Brother & Little Sister
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Constable & Co., Ltd., 1917.
Bound by Bayntun-Riviere c. 1965. One of 525 Copies Signed by the Artist. Limited to 525 copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 259. Quarto. Thirteen tipped-in color plates, forty-three black and white text illustrations. Bound by Bayntun-Riviere c. 1965 in full midnight green morocco with inlaid pictorial central panel reproducing the color-plate “She Begged Quite Prettily to be Allowed to Spend the Night There” (opposite p. 206) in gilt-tooled frame within triple gilt-ruled borders and large, gilt foliate corner-pieces. Gilt rolled edges. Broad, gilt dentelles. Gilt decorated compartments. All edges gilt.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Robert Browning. London, George G. Harrap, 1934.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
45 pp. 4 color plates by Rackham. (8vo) 9¼x6, original limp vellum lettered in gilt, slipcase. No. 131 of 400 copies. First Edition.
Signed by Rackham at limitation statement. Latimore & Haskell p. 71.
Puck of Pook’s Hill
Rudyard Kipling. New York, Doubleday/Page, 1906.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 4 color plates. (8vo) original green cloth gilt-lettered and pictorially stamped in black, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. First Illustrated Edition.
The Land of Enchantment
Frontispiece and illustrations (many full-page) by Arthur Rackham
Ink gift inscription to front free endpaper, original pictorial cloth, spine slightly darkened, with small nick to wards head and slightly frayed at end, 1907
The Dolly Dialogues
Anthony Hope. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London, Westminster Gazette, 1894.
111 pp. Cover illustrations and 4 full page illustrations by Arthur Rackham. (8vo) 7¼x5½, original illustrated wrappers. First Edition, First Issue.
The second book to contain illustrations by Arthur Rackham. First issue, with short running headline of ‘Dolly’ versus ‘The Dolly Dialogues’ in later issues. Latimore & Haskell, p. 1.
Heading: (Rackham, Arthur)
Author: Swift, Jonathan
Title: Gulliver’s Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World
Publisher: J.M. Dent
xv, 291 pp. 12 color plates by Arthur Rackham. 9x6¼, original red cloth pictorially stamped in gilt. Second Rackham Illustrated Edition, First Trade Issue.
The second edition with illustrations by Rackham, the first in 1900 had only a single color plate. Latimore & Haskell p. 32.
The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie
Richard Wagner. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
London / New York, Heinemann / Doubleday Page, 1910.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, including 34 color plates tipped onto brown paper; captioned guards. (4to) 11¼x8½, original vellum pictorially gilt, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. First Rackham Edition. Limited Edition, no. 253 of 1150 copies, signed by the artist.
Arthur Rackham, Illustrator
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare. Heinemann/Doubleday, 1908.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, including 40 tipped-in color plates. 9¾x7, three-quarter green morocco, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt; bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. First Rackham Trade Edition.
Latimore & Haskell, p. 32.
C.S. Evans. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
London/Philadelphia, Heinemann/Lippincott, 1919.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with silhouette drawings, including 3 double-page in colors and mounted color frontispiece. 10x7¼, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, pictorial endpapers. First Rackham Trade Edition.
B-A Note: Like a parent, I try not to play favorites with my books. But secretly I think this is my favorite Rackham cover art to date.
The Wind in the Willows
Author: Grahame, Kenneth Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
London, Methuen & Co. 1951
Introduction by A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, including 12 tipped-in color plates on captioned white paper. (4to) 11¾x9, original full white sheep leather, spine gilt-lettered, top edge gilt, other edges uncut; original slipcase with printed paper label. “100th Edition.” Limited Edition, no. 374 of 500 copies.
Quite scarce in the original binding which is prone to wear and soiling. The final Rackham limited edition, posthumously published.
The Ingoldsby Legends
Or, Mirth & Marvels.
Ingoldsby, Thomas [pseud of Richard Barham]. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
London, J.M. Dent, 1898.
B-A Note: Finally, the book from which came this amazing illustration! Although the dates don’t quite match up - hmmm.
The Sleeping Beauty
Charles Seddon Evans. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. 1920.
First edition, tipped-in colour plate and silhouette illustrations by Rackham, original cloth-backed pictorial boards
The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie
Richard Wagner. Arthur Rackham, Illustrator. William Heinemann, 1910.
Number 110 or 1150 deluxe copies, signed by the illustrator. 34 tipped-in colour plates by Arthur Rackham, publisher’s pictorial vellum gilt, t.e.g., ties, slipcase, 4to.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. 1928.
number 189 of 375 copies signed by the artist, mounted colour frontispiece, 7 colour plates, colour pictorial pastedowns and illustrations by Arthur Rackham, original vellum, gilt, spine very slightly darkened and very slight rubbing to fore-edges of covers, quarter morocco slip-case, gilt, 4to, 1928.