"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
Edward Gorey cover.
I didn’t know - great catch! Thanks!Originally posted by rubbleandruin
I own this version. ;)
The Time Machine
H.G. Wells. Heinemann, 1895.
First edition, half-title with advertisements on verso, 16-page publisher’s catalogue at end, a little light browning of endpapers, ownership inscription in ink on front free endpapers, publisher’s oatmeal cloth, lettering and sphinx device in purple, Unusually bright copy. [Wells 4], 8vo,
Dr. No Ian Fleming. London, Jonathan Cape, 1958.
First Edition. Original black cloth stamped in silver, dust jacket. Jacket price-clipped, several repaired tears, tape on verso, very good.
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth Verne, Jules. 52 illustrations by Edouard Riou. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 
8vo, first state of the Scribner deluxe edition binding with terra-cotta cloth pictorially decorated in gold and black featuring three underground explorers on their raft while the spine illustration shows the explorers in an underground crystal cave and with “Scribner, Armstrong & Co.” at lower spine, variant, without beveled edges, cocked, only light rubbing along edges; endleaves lightly foxed and a few lightly creased corners occasionally throughout text. 6 pages of publisher’s ads ending with “From the Earth to the Moon Direct.
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Stevenson, Robert Louis. International Book Company, 1892.
Columbus series 1492 to 1892’ stated on beautiful decorated red covers. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, classic story in classic binding with gilt on spine, very attractive antique edition.
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 Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Adams, Douglas. Publisher’s cloth, dust-jacket (light fading on spine), 8vo, Arthur Baker, 1979
The Auroraphone a Romance 1st Edition Ex-Library Edition. Chicago IL: Charles H. Kerr & Company 1890.
This early Sci-Fi work pioneers that theme of sentient robotic insurgence that arguably reached its blockbuster zenith at the close of our last century.
Jim Tierney has finished more illustrative designs for his ambitious Senior Thesis Project of redesigning Jules Verne book classics. We were impressed when we saw earlier versions of the cover designs. Now that the full packages are revealed (complete with interactive parts), we are blown away. Jim Tierney is working towards a BFA in Illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The rare, first American edition of “The Time Machine” is on the right, next to a first London edition of the H.G. Wells classic
The Eaton Collection at the University of California, Riverside acquired a rare, first American edition in January, becoming one of only 25 repositories in the world to own a copy. The purchase was made possible with a $10,000 grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. Because the London edition was the source of all subsequent printings, fewer copies of the American edition survive. via UC Riverside