"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
Romola - with original albumen photographs
George Eliot. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1863.
2 volumes. vi, 328; vi, 310 pp. Illustrated with 29 mounted original albumen photographs. 6x4, vellum, decorated in gilt, all edges stained red. Copyright Edition. Beautifully illustrated with original photographs
George Eliot. Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz, 1863.
2 volumes. 12mo (159 x 113 mm). vi, 328; vi, 310 pp. Illustrated with 70 albumen photo plates. Original gilt-tooled vellum with blue morocco inlays, beveled boards, a.e.g., silk endpapers. Light rubbing to spine labels, but otherwise an excellent copy. “Copyright edition.”
Impressions of Theophrastus Such. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1879. 8vo. “Publishers’ note” slip at front. Original brown cloth stamped in gilt and black, lettered in gilt on spine, chocolate endpapers. Light wear to extremities. Provenance: J. Delicor (period ownership inscription).
FIRST EDITION. Published the year before her death, this was to be Eliot’s final work.
George Eliot. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1871-72.
8 parts. 8vo (177 x 119 mm). Original green decorated wrappers. Custom chemises and quarter morocco slipcases. Light creasing to spines, spines of parts 1 & 2 fragile, a few chips to extremities, otherwise a bright, clean copy.
Provenance: Douglas C. Ewing (bookplates to chemises).
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS. Advertisements conforming to Parrish with the following exceptions: ads differing on wrappers of part 1, 2 extra pp of ads at back of parts 1 & 2, without 4 pp ads at front and 4 pp ads at back of part 8. Middlemarch was something of an experiment in the serial form, appearing as it did in eight irregularly published ‘books,’ each with its own title. As John Sutherland notes, the format gave author and publisher simultaneous access to two markets, offering both “the stiff covers and narrative wholeness associated with the library volume” and “the price and deferred payment associated with the serial.” Eliot’s husband and acting business agent George Henry Lewes first proposed the idea to Blackwood, who required some persuading after the relative commercial failure of Felix Holt, which had sold far fewer copies than were printed. A compromise was struck, Blackwood printed close to 6,000 copies (Lewes had suggested 10,000), and the parts issue of Middlemarch sold out completely. The experiment was repeated with Daniel Deronda, also with great success. See Sutherland, Victorian Novelists, pp 188 ff. Parrish 29-31; Sadleir 815 (book form).
1870s-COMPLETE POEMS OF GEORGE ELIOT-DELUXE BOOK. Published Thomas Y Crowell, no date, 3 sides gilt, red line borders, nice bright covers, last page has date of 1867, consistent with books of 1870s/80s.-10 pages of ELIOT AS A POET by Matthew Browne.