"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
Casino Royale Fleming, Ian. London: Cape, (1953).
Beautiful first edition, first issue of Fleming’s first James Bond adventure. 8vo, black cloth stamped with red heart in center of front cover and red lettering along spine; first issue dust jacket designed by Fleming, near perfect but for the slightest bit of toning on verso and near the very edges of panels; custom 1/4 burgundy morocco and cloth clamshell box.
A collection of works, including some first editions, by Harry Houdini(pseudonym of Erich Weiss)
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods, New York, E.P. Hutton, 1920; A Magician Among the Spirits, New York, Harper, 1924, FIRST EDITIONS; Houdini’s Paper Magic, second impression, colour frontispiece, George Routledge, 1922; [with JAMES WILLIAM ELLIOTT] Elliott’s Last Legacy. Secrets of the King of All Kard Kings, New York, Adams, 1923, publisher’s cloth; Magical Rope Ties and Escapes, publisher’s pictorial boards, Will Goldston, [c.1925]; The Right Way to Do Wrong. An Exposé of Successful Criminals, upper hinge broken, FIRST EDITION, Boston, Harry Houdini, 1906; Houdini Exposes the Tricks Used by the Boston Medium “Margery”, spine strengthened with tape, New York, Adams, 1924, publisher’s wrappers, 8vo (7)
Wells (H.G.) The Invisible Man, A Grotesque Romance, first edition, 1897.
2pp. advertisements at end, old ownership name to endpaper, margins browned, front and central hinges cracked, slightly cocked, original pictorial cloth, usual browning to spine, corners rubbed, [Wells 11], 8vo. via Bloomsbury Auctions
The Outsider and Others Lovecraft, H.P. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1943.
Tall 8vo, original gilt-lettered black cloth; dust jacket, illustrated by Virgil Finlay, wear to spine panel ends and folds, cellotape repairs mostly on verso, but one at head of spine recto and rear fold. First edition of the first collection of Lovecraft’s writing and the first book published by Arkham House. One of only 1200 copies printed.
via Swann Galleries
Poems Dickinson, Emily. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890
First Series. Edited by Mabel Loomis Todd & T. W. Higginson. 12mo, publisher’s pictorial cloth: Myerson’s B binding (no priority), with the wavy rule and the first three lines on the front cover stamped in gold rather than silver, light soiling, tips and spine ends bumped with minor loss of cloth, slightly cocked; with the common split before title-page, leaves in final signature loose or starting; occasional owner’s light pencil marks. One of 500 copies of the first edition of Dickinson’s first book.
via Swann Galleries
Mrs. Dalloway Woolf, Virginia. Hogarth Press, 1925. First Edition. Via Blackwell Books.
FIRST EDITION, pp. 296, cr.8vo., orig. maroon cloth, backstrip gilt lettered, free endpapers browned in part, the dustjacket (uncommon in any condition) with a design by Vanessa Bell encompassing the backstrip and front panels, highly professional internal restoration to the jacket at its head and tail edges and with internal reinforcement to folds and backstrip; recent felt-lined protective mid blue cloth box with silver lettering to backstrip, very good
B-A Note: I adore this book. There is a passage near the beginning describing the flower shop that creates such a clear and lovely image in my mind. I’ve always wanted some artisan perfumer to create a scent based on that passage.
FAHRENHEIT 451. Bradbury, Ray. New York: Ballantine Books, Incl, 1953.
8vo, number 21 of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author, illustrations by Joe Mugnaini, original Johns-Manville Quinterra binding, collector’s red cloth folding box, minor browning, minor soiling to binding