"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!
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The Jackdaw of Rheims
Thomas Ingoldsby. Early 20th Century.
10 leaves. Text in black ink with red, green and blue initial letters. Elaborate pen & ink illustrated borders on title page and facing leaf; two large initial letters, one colored and one with a pen & ink illustration; two small illustrations and a large tail-piece vignette also in pen & ink; other decorations in green and red throughout. 29x22 cm. (11½x8¾”) bound in full red morocco, gilt illustrations on front and rear, spine lettered in gilt, calf-backed clamshell box.
A lovely illustrated manuscript of the classic Jackdaw of Rheims from the Ingoldsby Legends. A very skillfully rendered manuscript with remarkable pen & ink drawings, the artisan unfortunately unidentified. Bound by Bayntun-Riviere.
The Ingoldsby Legends
Or, Mirth & Marvels.
Ingoldsby, Thomas [pseud of Richard Barham]. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
London, J.M. Dent, 1898.
B-A Note: Finally, the book from which came this amazing illustration! Although the dates don’t quite match up - hmmm.