"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 Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse,
Thomas Hardy. 1923.
First edition, signed presentation copy from the author to Daisy Kennedy Drinkwater with ink inscription: “Thomas Hardy on the day of its performance November: 1923” on fly-leaf and half-title and signed “Daisy Drinkwater”, also small photograph of Thomas Hardy and Daisy Kennedy Drinkwater taken by John Drinkwater in the garden at Max Gate and inscribed by Daisy.
En attendant Godot
Samuel Becket. Paris, 1962.
First edition, browning to margins, original printed wrappers, light creasing to spine, very light browning to head, but overall a very good copy, 8vo, Paris, 1952.
Nous sommes heureux. (Silence.) Qu’est-ce que nous faisons maintenant, maintenant que nous sommes heureux?
Attendre Godot. (Estragon gémissements. Silence.) Les choses ont changé ici depuis hier. _________________________________________________________
We are happy. (Silence.) What do we do now, now that we are happy?
Wait for Godot. (Estragon groans. Silence.) Things have changed here since yesterday.
Tragoediae octodecim [in Greek] Basel, J. Hervagium, 1537
2 parts in one vol., some light dampstaining (mostly towards margins), ink annotations and notes to approximately 20 leaves, early inscription in Greek (dated 1541) and two further ownership inscriptions (“Ja. Hales”, and “Rob. Lambe, Joh. Coll., Cant, 1729/30”) on title, modern crushed morocco [Wing E1031], 8vo,
Peer Gynt Henrik Ibsen. Copenhagen, Gyldendalske Boghandle, 1867. First Edition.
First edition of Ibsen’s celebrated and ground-breaking dramatic work, very rare in the original binding. Copies of the first edition were issued in both cloth and paper wrappers. One of 1,250 copies, original blue cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine, publisher’s device in blind on lower cover, borders in blind on covers, glazed white endpapers, gilt edges.
Peer Gynt was first performed in Christiania (now Oslo) on 24 February 1876, with incidental music by the composer Edvard Grieg. It was published in a German translation in 1881, in English in 1892, and in French in 1896.