"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
Illustration of an apothecary mixing theriac
Hortus Sanitatis, 1491
“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.” - Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
COOL. I’m not a rabid Harry Potter fan by any means, but this exhibition, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine” looks awesomely chock full of rare books and illustrations, naturally my favorite thing. And maybe it’ll get some more young’uns interested in history and natural science.
But can someone please explain why neither Oregon nor Washington seem to be on the itinerary?
A satire on quack doctors.
Medicina Flagellata, or the Doctor Scarify’d, additional title with engraved vignette, both titles with ownership stamp, some browning, ink inscription ‘Lieut. Walsh, Navy, 1784’ to front free endpaper, contemporary panelled calf, covers detached, corners worn, rubbed and scuffed, [Wellcome IV, p.101; Waller 6421], 8vo, for J. Bateman and J.Nicks, 1721. via Bloomsbury Auctions
Ha ha - scarified or scare-ified?
at Librairie Alain Brieux 48, rue Jacob - 75006 Paris - via Dittrick Museum
While there Dara Asken Teste showed us a c.1750 anatomical atlas featuring color plates by Gautier d’Agoty (price only $85,000).
Whoa, look at the SIZE of that book! Too bad I can’t just hop over to Paris to see it myself.