"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 Fortunes of Torlogh O’Brien: A Tale of the Wars of King James
Sheridan Le Fanu. Dublin: James McGlashan, April 1846-January 1847.
11 parts in 10. 8vo (224 x 135 mm). 22 etchings and wrapper design by H.K. Browne (“Phiz”). Original pink pictorial wrappers. Custom clamshell case. Toning to margins and verso of plates, some light spotting, a few expert repairs to wrappers, sunning to wrappers of most parts.
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS. Advertisements conforming to Sadleir except without ad leaf at back of part 6. Sadleir 1375.
The House By The Churchyard
Sheridan Le Fanu. London: Tinsley, Brothers, Catherine-St., Strand,. 1863.
First edition, Dublin sheets, one-volume remainder issue. Original maroon pebbled cloth with front and rear panels tooled in blind with floral pattern of three leaves at each corner and flower buds in diamond pattern within a single rule box at center, spine panel stamped in gold with four rules at top and bottom and decorative brass stamping below spine title in gold reading “THE HOUSE / BY THE / CHURCH-YARD,” neither Le Fanu’s name nor a publisher’s imprint is present on the spine panel, unprinted cream coated endpapers.
For the complex publishing history of this book, see Sadleir, XIX Century Fiction, pp. 201-03
In a Glass Darkly Sheridan Le Fanu, Pub. Richard Bently, London, 1884
Original dark navy heavily blindstamped cloth; ornate gilt spine titles and devices; black endpapers; 471pp + [1pp advert unnumbered]. Decorative woodcuts to chapter and story headings. Lower corner tips very slightly nicked, trivial rubbing to spine ends. Interior very bright, endpapers in pristine condition, binding very sturdy. Collection of five highly regarded Le Fanu novellas inc ‘Green Tea’ (supernatural horror), ‘The Familiar’ (supernatural horror), ‘Mr Justice Harbottle’ (supernatural horror), ‘The Room In The Dragon Volant’ (gothic horror i.e. premature burial) and the famous and oft-filmed ‘Carmilla’ (vampire horror with powerful erotic overtones).