"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!
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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
October, 1961. Cover art by Chesley Bonestell.
B-A Note: I was corresponding this morning with a co-worker by the last name of Bergeron. This made me think of Vonnegut’s dystopian short story “Harrison Bergeron”, first published in the October 1961 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and later republished in Vonnegut’s short-story collection “Welcome to the Monkey House”.
Many thanks to Belated Nerd for actually having an image of this issue. The internet is truly a marvellous thing! Belated Nerd is a great site for pop culture history fans. Check it out and enjoy.
The Black Cat, May 1899
Boston, Shortstory Publishing Co., 1899.
The Black Cat was a short-story fiction magazine from the late 19th century. The covers all featured a black cat and were nouveau in style. I found several sites with cover images to view, here (from the Ellis Parker Butler website, although I can’t quite determine if he was the illustrator or he was just published in those editions) and here. A quick google search didn’t turn up much about this publication, so I shall have to do some further research.
This edition is notable for containing A Thousand Deaths by Jack London. This was London’s sixth professionally published story and the first for which he received any payment. Jack received the then huge sum of $40 for the 10-page tale.
Album mensuel d’Art et de Littérature, 1919 - 1920
Umberto Brunelleschi, artistic director
Edited by Jean Hermonovits, 13 original parts, (part 2 in duplicate), limited to 1 of 800 copies, illustrations by George Barbier, Zinoview, J.Saude, etc., loose in original decorated wrappers, later chemise and slipcase.
B-A Note: Had to dig around for info on this one. Turns out that it was a monthly Art Deco magazine, under the artistic direction of Brunelleschi. The other sources cite 11 issues, rather than the 13 mentioned in this item’s description. (Or 12, since it notes part 2 is duplicated). This auction also does not note which of the 800 editions this is.
From Leonard Fox Rare Books: “The literary contributions are illustrated with the work of Barbier, Brunelleschi, Vallee, Bonotte, Domergue and others, and the pochoir coloring is by Jean Saude. ” And from Ursus Books: “A veritable treasure-house of post-war fashion, most copies have long ago been dismembered for the plates.”