"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
Reithmüller Kgl. Württemb Hoflieferant
Kirchheim-Teck, Germany, late 19th century
61 chromolithograph plates (Nos. 1-59 plus Nos. 1a & 6a). (Small folio) 35x26 cm. (13¾x10¼”), original cloth-backed boards. First Edition.
A very rare trade catalog for Chinese-style paper lanterns, from the plain to the ornate. Includes floral designs, designs for various trades, nations, holidays, etc. Also includes figural lanterns, character lanterns, etc. A remarkable catalog! OCLC WorldCat locates no copies though the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a copy in their collection.
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation
Garden City, Long Island, NY, c.1920
32 pp. Illustrations from photographs. 15.5x8.5 cm. (6x3¼”) original wrappers.
Scarce advertising piece for Curtiss bi-planes. Includes a list of notable Curtiss achievements. Rubber-stamp of the Philadelphia distributor inside front cover.
Cien Libros Valiosos
Libreria l’Amateur, Buenos ‘Aires, Diciembre 1948.
8vo. 63,  pp. illus. Bound together with several other “books about books’ from Buenos Aires. Each catalogue limited to 550 copies or less.
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)