"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
Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books.
John Milton. London: Pr. by Miles Flesher for Jacob Tonson, 1688.
“The fourth edition, adorn’d with sculptures” — that is to say,the first illustrated appearance of Paradise Lost, as well as what Hodnett calls “the earliest serious effort to illustrate an important work of English poetry” — andthe first folio edition to boot — Pforzheimer noting that this is additionally the first publication of Dryden’s lines on Milton.
Paradise Lost [&] Paradise Regain’d
John Milton. Birmingham, printed by John Baskerville for J. & R.Tonson, 1758.
Together 2 vol., first Baskerville editions, both lacking initial blanks, first volume with Life of Milton and list of subscribers, faint trace of ink signature on titles, nineteenth century black calf with giltt arms of the Merchant Taylors Company on upper covers, a little rubbed, [Gaskell 4 & 5], 8vo,
John Milton. Illustration and design by John Martin.
Septimus Prowett, 1827.
Designed and Engraved by John Martin, 2 vol., half-titles, 24 mezzotint plates by Martin, occasional light spotting, later blue half morocco gilt, t.e.g., folio (377 x 265mm.), Septimus Prowett, 1827