"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
A Man Made of Money
Douglas Jerrold. The Punch Office, October 1848-March 1849.
6 parts. 8vo (201 x 122 mm). 12 plates by John Leech. Original green pictorial wrappers. Custom chemise. Spotting to four plates, 2 plates loose, some soiling to wrappers and chipping to spines, wrappers of parts 3 and 4 loose. Provenance: Herschel V. Jones (small morocco bookplate to chemise).
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS. Advertisements conforming to Arents, with additional 2 pp ad printed in green and red for Dickens Christmas Books at front of part 3, 2 pp Dickens ad printed in black and red at front of part 6. Arents p 59.
The Disgrace to the Family. A Story of Social Distinctions. London: Darton and Co., 1848.
6 parts. 8vo (197 x 124 mm). 12 steel-engraved plates after H.K. Browne. “Disgrace to the Family Advertisements” in each part: 16 pp in parts 1 & 2, 8 pp in parts 3 & 4, and 4 pp in parts 5 & 6. Original light blue pictorial wrappers. Custom quarter morocco pull-off case. Rebacking and other old repairs, repaired chip to part 2, some foxing and darkening to plates.
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS. One of Phiz’s scarcer works in original parts.