"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
Adolf Bauerle, ed. Vienna, Bureau der allgemeinen Theaterzeitung, 1841-1843, [1847-1848?].
Extensive collection of handcoloured plates from this vibrantly illustrated, popular Austrian cultural magazine, depicting costumes, theatre scenes, famous theatre-players and other contemporary celebrities, (political) carricatures, curiosities and rebuses. The magazine was founded by Adolf Bäuerle (1786-1859) in 1806 with the title ‘Allgemeine Theaterzeitung und Originalblatt für Kunst, Literatur, Musik, Mode und geselliges Leben’. Its title was changed in 1807: ‘Zeitung für Theater, Musik und Poesie’, later in ‘Theaterzeitung….’, ‘Wiener Theater Zeitung’, and ‘Allgemeine Theaterzeitung….’. The collection comprises plates from several issues, also from the years 1847, 1848, and 1849. With a plate of General Thom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton, (1838-1883) a.o. dwarf at the court of Queen Victoria and at the circus of P.T. Barnum.
B-A Note: Several more vivid illustrations at the link.