"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
Three Volumes Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley
- Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. New York: Dutton, 1927, limited to 1600 copies, publisher’s gilt cloth, t.e.g.;
- Fifty Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley„ New York, 1920, numbered 233 of 500 and signed by the publisher, ornately stamped gilt publisher’s cloth;
- A Second Book of Fifty Drawings, London, 1899, limited to 1,000 copies, red publisher’s cloth, pictorial gilt stamped, spine worn and faded, all titles illustrated throughout.
Salome. A Tragedy in One Act
Oscar Wilder. Illust. Aubrey Beardsley. John Lane, 1907.
16 plates by Aubrey Beardsley, publisher’s decorative cloth gilt.
The Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley. London & New York: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1899 [with:] The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley. London & New York: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1901 [with:] The Uncollected Works of Aubrey Beardsley. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1925
3 volumes, 4to (11 1/4 x 8 5/8 in.; 285 x 220 mm). Each volume with half-title and frontispiece, 157, 173 and 162 plates plus 6 extra in the third volume for this edition only; frontispieces detached in first two vols, title detached in second. Publisher’s cream cloth with title stamped on upper covers within an architectural frame in green or gold; spines and edges somewhat soiled.
Pierrot! A Story
by Stacpoole, Henry de Vere. John Lane, London, 1896.
Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.
Original ivory-coloured pictorial cloth depicting a Pierrot clown selecting books in a library in red; red spine titles; red pictorial device to rear. Decorative endpapers; 163pp + 16pp rear catalogue (most of catalogue is uncut and unopened), all edges untrimmed.
A scarce novel of the supernatural involving a blurring of sexual boundaries. John Lane obviously liked this book immensely because it launched his ‘Pierrot Library’ series which also included Stacpoole’s other novel of weird decadent supernaturalism, ‘Death, The Knight & The Lady’. The author was a gifted novelist and although his later works sold in significantly greater numbers, his two early novels are for me wonderful examples of beguiling ‘fin-de-siecle’ supernaturalism.
The Land of Heart’s Desire
William Butler Yeats. T.Fisher Unwin, 1894.
First edition, title illustration by Aubrey Beardsley, advertisement leaf at end, printed wrappers with repeat of title illustration on upper cover, ink ownership inscription on upper cover, covers very slightly foxed, spine a little chipped, [Wade 10], 8vo,
Smithers (Leonard) Catalogue of Rare Books
Numbers 1-14, plates, some folding, original pictorial or printed wrappers, including 5 with cover designs by Aubrey Beardsley, numbers 2 and 5 with a vertical fold, a few spots, but generally in good clean condition, number 2 with a very short tear at head of upper and lowerr cover, 1895-1898; A group of 4 prospectuses for works published by Smithers; includes Aubrey Beardsley’s Mademoiselle de Maupin; Vincent O’Sullivan’s A Book of Bargins, 1896 (with a frontispiece by Beardsley); Arthur Symons’ London Nights, 1895 and Stendhal’s La Chatreuse de Parme, 1896, some light browning, but generally in good clean condition, all housed in a moden cloth drop-back box, 8vo (18)