"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
Les Recits de Feu Ivan Pétrovitch Bielkine
Aleksandr Pushkin, translated by G.Wilkomirsky. Illustrations by Alexandre Alexeïeff.
Number 149 on holland Pannekoek from an edition limited to 225, etched aquatint plates by Alexandre Alexeïeff, tissue guards, original printed wrappers, uncut, glacine wrapper, 4to, Maastricht & Brussels, A.A.M.Stols, 1930.
B-A Note: I have tried to find further information on the illustrator, Alexandre Alexeïeff. Despite my limited language skills, I discovered that he invented a type of pinscreen animation around 1930. I found a few references to him at worldcat.org, including a DVD available that I shall try to track down. If anyone has further information or images of his work to share in the meantime, it would be appreciated.
Alice in Wonderland, illustrations.. Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (1832-1898). — Dali, Salvador (1904-1989), illustrator. New York: W.U.C.U.A. and Maecenas Press - Random House, 1969. via Christie’s.
2o. Etched frontispiece and 12 colored plates by Dali. Loose as issued in original brown cloth chemise, quarter morocco folding case with bone clasps (joint slightly cracked, leather strap torn). LIMITED EDITION, number 1787 of 2500 copies signed by Dali and printed on mandeure paper.
B-A Note: Alice illustrations by Dali?!? Ah, if I only had a spare $6 grand lying around.
CHINESISCHE MALEREIEN. Album. Germany, ca. 1900. Oblong folio. Purple cloth with oval paper label with calligraphed title ‘Album’, heightened with gold on front cover, with ties. Calligraphed and illuminated title heightened with gold, 41 leaves with in total 104 watercolours painted on rice-paper (34 lvs. with 2 (each measuring ca. 165 x 110 mm), 3 lvs. with 4 (each ca. 75 x 95 mm), and 4 lvs, with 6 (each ca. 100 x 65 mm)). All the watercolours are pasted on the leaves with varying coloured paper frames. 42 lvs
Very detailed and vibrantly coloured album with over 100 watercolours with Chinese themes, including Chinese female costumes (fols. 2-7), planting, making and drinking tea (fols. 8-9, with 2 x 6 plates), Chinese men in processions, festivities and parades (fols. 10-15), Chinese ships (fols. 16-18, with 3 x 4 plates), birds (fols. 19-24), Chinese male costumes (fols. 25-26 (2 x 6 plates), flowers (fols. 27-32), costumes of high ranking officers (fols. 33-34), Chinese magicians and equilibrists (fols. 35-42). The album appears to be intended for tourists.
The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home Dickens, Charles. London, Bradbury and Evans, 1846.
8], 174 +  ad pp. Illustrated with engravings after D. Maclise, R. Doyle, C. Stanfield, John Leech, and E. Landseer, including steel-engraved frontispiece and added title. 16.2x10.3 cm. (6½x4”), full tan calf, spine gilt, red morocco label, all edges gilt, original front, rear and spine cloth bound in at rear. First Edition.
Jason Van Hollander, Illustration for The Dream of X and Other Fantastic Visions by William Hope Hodgson, published by Night Shade Books
Hugo Grotius, De jure belli ac pacis libri tres (Amsterdam, 1735).
Images of Justice, 96 YALE LAW JOURNAL 1727
The image of Justice has been around for over 2000 years. Her lineage traces back to Egypt, Greece and Rome, in depictions of the goddesses Ma’at, Themis, Dike and Justitia. During the medieval period, Justice was adopted by Christian iconography as a representation of ancient virtue. Images of Justice were also common in Renaissance art and texts. Even today, Justice remains recognizable. Her image adorns many modern government buildings and court houses.
reblogged from another-masque
“Images of Justice”, exhibit at Yale Law Library