"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
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition, first printing, with “stoppped” on page 181, black cloth, lacking dust jacket, 8vo, (bumped, light chipping and shelf wear, front endpaper spotted, overall toning, spine darkening).
“‘Listen, Robert, going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.’”
- Chapter 2, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
GEJAAGD DOOR DE WIND [GONE WITH THE WIND]
Mitchell, Margaret. Anton Piek. Haag: Zuid-Hollandsche Uitgevers Maatschappij(S. Holland Pub. Co) .
First Dutch edition. A translation of Margaret Mitchell’s classic GONE WITH THE WIND in three volumes: “Vuur Over Land [Land on Fire)”; “Als Een Vlam in de Storm [Like a Flame in a Storm]”; “Het Zaad Ontikiemt [The Seed Sprouts].” Translated by W. J. A. Roldanus Jr. Illustrated by renowned artist Anton Pieck with over 25 paintings and drawings. Each frontispieces matches the respective dust jacket illustration. Tan boards over green cloth stamped with red and black on spine; intricate emblem on front board in red and gilt. Volume one’s dust jacket has a thin closed tear down the left edge of the spine and Volume two’s has a tear along the bottom of the spine. All three have some minor damp staining to the base of the spine with only volume two’s extending to some of the back pages. Otherwise in very good condition in heavy paper dust jackets with duplicates of color frontis pictures attached to front covers. As best we can determine the set is scarce but the original jackets are much scarcer, perhaps rare.
Books 2 and 3:
KIPLING, RUDYARD. 1865-1936.
1. Wee Willie Winkie. Allahabad: A.H. Wheeler & Co., . Original wrappers. Custom cloth chemise, morocco-backed slipcase. Toned, wrappers with repair to spine and one corner of back wrapper. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Livingston 43.
2. The Light That Failed. London: Ward, Lock, Bowden, & Co., . In: Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, January, 1891. Original wrappers. Custom cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase. Some restoration to wrappers at spine, a few chips, front fold partially cracked. Early periodical appearance.
Those who have watched till the morning know how the last hour before the light lengthens itself into many eternities. It seemed to Dick that he had never since the beginning of original darkness done anything at all save jolt through the air. Once in a thousand years he would finger the nailheads on the saddle-front and count them all carefully. Centuries later he would shift his revolver from his right hand to his left and allow the eased arm to drop down at his side. From the safe distance of London he was watching himself thus employed,—watching critically. Yet whenever he put out his hand to the canvas that he might paint the tawny yellow desert under the glare of the sinking moon, the black shadow of a camel and the two bowed figures atop, that hand held a revolver and the arm was numbed from wrist to collar-bone. Moreover, he was in the dark, and could see no canvas of any kind whatever. -The Light that Failed, ch.XV
Little Women or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
Louisa May Alcott. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1967.
8vo. viii, , 428,  pp.; 14 plts. (2 double). The beloved classic, here with an introduction by Edward Weeks and monochrome and wash drawings by Henry C. Pitz, hand-colored at Walter Fischer Studio. The volume was designed by Bert Clarke, set in monotype Walbaum, printed by Clarke and Way, and bound by Russell-Rutter in cream, gold, and green floral brocade with a gilt-stamped green leather title-label.
B-A Note: Beautiful binding, and beautiful illustrations. Just lovely.
“Jo was the first to wake in the gray dawn of Christmas morning. No stockings hung at the fireplace, and for a moment she felt as much disappointed as she did long ago, when her little sock fell down because it was crammed so full of goodies. Then she remembered her mother’s promise and, slipping her hand under her pillow, drew out a little crimson-covered book. She knew it very well, for it was that beautiful old story of the best life ever lived, and Jo felt that it was a true guidebook for any pilgrim going on a long journey. She woke Meg with a Merry Christmas, and bade her see what was under her pillow. A green-covered book appeared, with the same picture inside, and a few words written by their mother, which made their one present very precious in their eyes. Presently Beth and Amy woke to rummage and find their little books also, one dove-colored, the other blue, and all sat looking at and talking about them, while the east grew rosy with the coming day.”
~ Part One, Chapter 2
Vladimir Nabokov. Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
2 volumes, 8o. Original green printed wrappers (light chipping to extremities, small tear to lower corner of volume one, spine unglued volume one, tape repair to foot of spine of volume 2, ink lightly smudged on volume 2).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with printed price “Francs: 900” on back cover. This controversial novel was rejected by American publishers, but was finally accepted by the avant-garde Olympia Press in Paris and published in this two-volume edition. Lolita was not published in the U.S. and the U.K. until 1959. Juliar A28.1.1. (2)