"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
Poems * Poems Second Series * Poems Third Series
Emily Dickinson. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890; 1891; 1896.
Together, 3 First Editions. Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd and T. W. Higginson. 12mo, publisher’s cloth with silver or gilt-stamped lettering and “Indian Pipes” floral motif on covers.
Printed in runs of 500, 960, and 1000, respectively. Though seven of her poems were published in magazines during her lifetime, these posthumous volumes represent her first published collections of verse. The success of the first volume led to ten printings within the first year, urging the editors to plan the Second Series.The cover design of the metal-stamped Indian Pipes was taken from a painting that Mabel Loomis Todd had given to Dickinson in 1882 and which hung in the poet’s bedroom, becoming her “preferred flower of life” and a hallmark of Dickenson publications to come.
Poems, Third Series.
Emily Dickinson. Boston, Roberts Brothers, 1896. First Edition.
Poems Dickinson, Emily. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890
First Series. Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd & T. W. Higginson. 12mo, publisher’s pictorial cloth: Myerson’s B binding (no priority), with the wavy rule and the first three lines on the front cover stamped in gold rather than silver, light soiling, tips and spine ends bumped with minor loss of cloth, slightly cocked; with the common split before title-page, leaves in final signature loose or starting; occasional owner’s light pencil marks. One of 500 copies of the first edition of Dickinson’s first book.
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