"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 Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur, Of His Noble Knights of the Round Table. Beardlsey, Aubrey; Malory, Thomas.. London: J.M. Dent, 1893-94.
Twelve parts. Quarto, original gray pictorial wrappers, uncut. Housed in two matching custom clamshell boxes.
First edition, “superior issue,” of Aubrey Beardsley’s magnificently illustrated version of Malory’s masterpiece, number 116 of only 300 copies on handmade Dutch paper, with 15 full-page and five double-page illustrations, as well as over 20 rubricated initials, over 40 borders and nearly 300 in-text decorations throughout. An outstanding uncut copy in the original parts with original pictorial wrappers, rarely seen in this condition.
B-A Note: I’ve got quite a nice virtual collection of the Arthurian Legend going. If only I could have them in actuality…
The Eventful History of King Arthur, or the British Worthy
Miniature book. H.Roberts, 1778
Malory, Sir Thomas. Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent (1872-1898), Illustrator.
London: J. Dent, 1893-94
One of 1,500 copies, in two volumes, Vol. II with cover of original wrap bound in, three-quarter morocco, 4to, (shelf wear to morocco, edge toning, and some edge chipping).
[Malory (Sir Thomas)] The Most Ancient and Famous History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, King of Britaine, …as also all the Noble Acts, and Heroicke Deeds of his Valiant Knights of the Round Table, 3 parts in 1, each with woodcut frontispiece depicting Arthur and his knights at the round table, printed in black letter.