"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 world nwod edispu alphabet
Yaron. London: Flying Sugar Press, 1991
Original red cloth, covers each with affixed illustration; spine with printed paper label. In original black cloth slipcase with the A and Z illustrations affixed
Charming miniature livre d’artiste: A light-hearted alphabet with plates drawn, etched, and brightly hand-colored by Israeli artist Yaron Livay, and printed Leporello-style on a single accordion-folded sheet. The title-page here promises, The World Nwod Edispu Alphabet, reflecting the whimsical reverses found within — for “L,” a mildly bemused-looking man stands inside a lampshade while a table lamp relaxes with a good book; and for “Q,” the windmill attacks you-know-who!
Die kleinsten Bücher der Welt in 7 Sprachen
4 micro miniature books, measuring 0.5x0.5 cm. Each housed within a plastic magnifying case and set within red pillow interior of a plastic box. On interior of lid of box, reads the title as written above, in gilt, plus the titles of each of the four books in German.
According to their title, these are the “smallest books in the world.” The books are titled, I Love You; The Lord’s Prayer; The Olympic Oath; The Oath of Freedom. According to a typed note enclosed within, this set was a gift to Alan Dietch in 1971 on a visit to the Gutenberg Museum in Germany from the then curator, Dr. Helmut Presser.
The Eventful History of King Arthur, or the British Worthy
Miniature book. H.Roberts, 1778
EMBROIDERED BINDING—MINIATURE BOOK
The Whole Book of Psalmes.
London: Company of Stationers, 1641. 16mo (74 x 41 mm).
Embroidered binding, both covers depicting an egret amid flowers and greenery, spine with four rosettes, a.e.g. Modern slipcase. Lacking final leaf (of Tables), headlines shaved, binding rubbed with some loss, rebacked with original spine laid down.
The Song of Demeter and Persephone printed 1902
One of 400 copies printed on paper (10 copies were printed on Japan Vellum)
This book was designed by Ralph Fletcher Seymour.
Book Fractal: Complete (via B_Zedan)
Yes, it is a book with a room inside it. And in that room is a book case, on which are books
The whole set is incredible. I love that all the little books are made using the proper bindings, with the pages taken from examples of their full-size counterparts.