"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 Left Bank and Other Stories
Jean Rhys. Sangorski & Sutcliffe, 1927.
First edition, modern orange morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with grey and yellow onlays depicting clouds and water, , and black and gilt onlays depciting the skyline of the left bank, g.e., cloth slipcase, 8vo, 1927.
The author’s first book. In an interview shortly before her death, Rhys commented “”If I could choose I would rather be happy than write … If I could live my life all over again, and choose … “.
Fairies and Fusiliers
Robert Graves. Sangorski & Sutcliffe, 1917.
First edition, modern black morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with light and dark brown onlays depicting a view across no man’s land with trees and barbed wire, g.e., cloth slipcase, 8vo, 1917.
An important collection of poetry that celebrates the author’s relationship with Siegfried Sassoon.
F.W. Fitzsimons. London: Hutchinson & Co., 
Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
First edition. .Written by F.W. Fitzsimons, Director of the Port Elizabeth Museum and Snake Park. With 44 Illustrations A unique copy, specially bound (ca. 1975) by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in three-quarter gray and black snakeskin over gray morocco boards. Smooth spine with gray morocco gilt lettering label and with date stamped in gilt at foot of spine. All edges gilt.
Arthur Rackham, Illustrator
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare. Heinemann/Doubleday, 1908.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, including 40 tipped-in color plates. 9¾x7, three-quarter green morocco, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt; bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. First Rackham Trade Edition.
Latimore & Haskell, p. 32.
Translated by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones.Illustrations by Dorothea Braby. Golden Cockerel Press, 1948.
Number 70 of 75 specially-bound copies signed by the translators and artist, from an edition limited to 550, wood-engraved frontispiece, pictorial title and full-page illustrations by Dorothea Braby, title in orange and black, bookplate of Anwyl Davies on front pastedown, original pictorial tan morocco, gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
B-A Notes: Further Information on the title from a lovely and very informative website:
“Those interested in Celtic mythology, historians of the Welsh nation and students of the Arthurian tradition will all, at one time or another, have found themselves directed to a collection of Middle Welsh prose known by the curious name of the Mabinogion (pronounced Mabin-OGion). Compiled from texts found in two late-medieval manuscripts – the Red Book of Hergest and the White Book of Rhydderch – this collection was initially edited and translated by antiquarians William Pughe and Lady Charlotte Guest in the early nineteenth century.” -Will Parker, “The Mabinogion”
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer. Golden Cockerel Press, 1929.
Number 396 of 485 copies, printed in red, blue and black. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations and decorations by Eric Gill.
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, & Fields, 1850.
First Edition. Binding: Full red crushed morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (signed on the lower front turn-in). Round spine, five raised bands, front cover with a black shield bearing ascarlet “A” outlined in g(u)ilt, the shield surrounded by a gilt wreath. Gilt double-rule on board edges and gilt inner dentelles. Top edge gilt.
Francis Bacon. Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum by Alberto Sangorski, 1905.
11 leaves, two additional fly-leaves at the beginning and end, text in black ink in a semi-cursive calligraphic hand, title in blue, the first page within a full ornamental border with miniature below, three further miniatures in the text, several other illuminated initials, some with extensions, the decoration in various shades of blue, green, violet, pink, in stylised floral and foliate designs heightened with gold, modern green morocco richly gilt by Sangorski &Sutcliffe, covers in floral, roseate and foliate all-over design in gilt with central roses heightened in red, upper cover lettered in gilt, spine in six compartments, preserved in full green morocco folding box, spine lettered and decorated in gilt
Selected Poems by William Wordsworth.
Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum signed by Alberto Sangorski, 1915.
15 leaves interleaved with watered silk, two additional fly-leaves at the beginning and end, text in black ink in a fine upright semi-gothic hand, titles in red, the first within a full ornamental border, the second below half-page miniature within gold and ornamental frame, 3 smaller miniatures incorporated into three-quarter page borders, numerous other full and partial borders and finely illuminated initials, many with extensions; the decoration in blue, various shades of purple, green , brown and violet, all in stylized floral and foliate design and lavishly heightened with gold, original dark blue morocco by Riviere &Son, covers with elaborate gilt and interlace inlaid strapwork border enclosing gilt-dotted ground and incorporating “WW” monogram, central oval panel, spine in six compartments with repeated inlaid floral designs on dotted ground and gilt lettering, turn-ins with interlocking green leaf design against a densely gilt-dotted ground, red silk endpapers, all edges gilt, preserved in dark green velvet-lined folding box with brass clasps.
London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1905
Numbered 28 of 30 copies on Japanese vellum and bound in Levant morocco, signed by George Sutcliffe, gilt tooled navy blue morocco, the front cover with red floral onlays by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, red silk dublures.