"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
An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank,
Thackeray, William Makepeace. [London, 1840]
With pictorial gilt-embossed crushed red morocco by Wood, extra illustrated with numerous plates, many hand-colored, 8vo.
CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE. 1792-1878.
The Political Queen that Jack Loves. London: Roach, 1820.
,  ad pp. 13 hand-colored woodcuts after George Cruikshank.
With: The Queen that Jack Found. Fairburn, 1820.
,  ad pp. 13 hand-colored woodcuts, 12 of which are after George Cruikshank. 2 pamphlets. 8vo. Backs reinforced, both lacking final ad leaves.
Hand-colored shilling pamphlets relating to the trial of Queen Caroline, both explicated in a contemporary hand. George Cruikshank repudiated the image on the title of The Queen that Jack Found depicting a bust of Caroline shielded by allegorical figures of Britannia and Wisdom. Cohn 666 & 679.
Horace Mayhew and George Cruikshank.
Scarce in Hand-Colored State. First edition, first issue (with adv. to inner boards). Twelvemo (4 7/8 x 3 7/16 in; 125 x 88 mm). Forty-three numbered hand-colored etchings on three sheets of twenty-four panels folding out to a continuous panorama (4 7/8 x 78 inches; 125 x 1982 mm.). Original pictorial boards.
“Poems and essays have been written by literary men upon the gout, and there are, of course, countless professional treatises on dentistry; but I have met with only one on toothache which can be called literary: The Tooth-Ache, imagined by Horace Mayhew and realised by George Cruikshank” (Notes and Queries, 10th Series, Aug. 15, 1908, p. 122).
Sketches by “Boz,” Illustrative of Every-Day Life, and Every-Day People
Charles Dickens. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London, Chapman & Hall, 1839.
Half-title present. Illustrated with 40 etched plates by George Cruikshank, including frontispiece and additional illustrated title. (8vo), full tan polished calf, spine gilt, black leather spine label, all edges marbled. “New Edition, Complete”, first combined edition.
Punch and Judy
With Illustrations Drawn and Engraved by George Cruikshank. Accompanied by the Dialogue of the Puppet-Show, an Account of its Origin, and of Puppet-Plays in England
With 24 hand-colored etched plates by George Cruikshank including frontispiece, plus other wood engraved vignettes in the text and on the title-page. (8vo) 19x11.5 cm. (7½x4½”), later straight-grain green morocco, borders in gilt and blind, spine gilt, later spine label, all edges gilt. First Edition.
Rarely encountered with the plates colored.
Punch and Judy
George Cruikshank, Illustrator. London, S. Prowett, 1828.
Half calf, with twenty-four plates
The Greatest Plague of Life: or The Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Servant
Augustus & Henry Mayhew. George Cruikshank, Illustrator. London: David Bogue, 1847.
First edition, original gilt pictorial and stamped red cloth, with illustrations by Cruikshank.