"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
Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople.
Lady Annie Brassey. Longmans, Green, 1880.
FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR’S PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “To Mrs Chandler with best wishes from the author, Christmas 1880. Normanhurst Court” on the half-title, 9 plates, 2 folding maps (one of Cyprus, one of the route with small loss at fold), illustrations in the text, occasional light spotting, publisher’s pictorial cloth gilt (designed by Gustave Doré)
Historical Sketch Book and Guide to New Orleans and Environs
Lafcadio Hearn. New York: Will H. Coleman, 1885.
First edition, second printing in gray wrappers and with Hearn’s name at the bottom of p 299. This copy with rare fragile map.
Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinge van de Oost-Indische reyse
Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe.. Amsterdam, Joost Hartgers, 1648
One of the most compelling and entertaining travel accounts of Dutch literature. Bontekoe details his eventful 8-year voyage to the East Indies. The vivid description of his ship accidently exploding in the Sunda Strait, killing almost a third of the crew, no doubt made a huge impression on his readers.
With 2 title-pages, both with large woodcut title vignette with two ships on both titles, and double-page engraved plate with 6 views of the ship at fire and in a storm, the islands St. Mary, Samatra and Princes eyland, and an image of flying fishes
The Spell of the Caribbean Islands
Archie Bell. Boston: L. C. Page & Co., 1927. First Edition.
Frontispiece, map, and photographic illustrations. 8vo, publisher’s bright pictorial green cloth; near fine dust jacket with one closed 3-mm tear at top of front fold; scarce publisher’s box with printed labels.
From the Cape to Cairo. The First Traverse of Africa from South to North
Ewart Scott Grogan. Hurst & Blackett, 1900.
First edition, half-title, frontsipiece portrait, plates and illustrations (some photographic), 3 maps (2 folding, printed in colours), publisher’s pictorial cloth (incorporating an image of elephant, telegraph poles and a mosque)
Pioneers of Discovery by Robert Finch
Sailing Alone Around the World
Captain Joshua Slocum. New York: The Century Co., 1900.
First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth stamped in silver and green. Illustrated throughout in black & white.
“Nova Scotia born, with family roots in New England, Captain Slocum commanded some of the finest tall ships that ever sailed the seas. On April 24, 1895, at the age of 51, he departed Boston in his tiny sloop Spray and sailed around the world single-handed, a passage of 46,000 miles, returning to Newport, Rhode Island on June 27, 1898. This historic achievement made him the patron saint of small-boat voyagers, navigators and adventurers all over the world.” ~Excerpt from the Joshua Slocum Society International.
Nathaniel Parker Wilis and Joseph Stirling Coyne. 1841.
The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland, 6 original parts, 2 engraved additional vignette titles, map and 118 plates after W.H.Bartlett, lacking portrait, some foxing, original roan-backed glazed viridian boards, title and vignette printed on upper covers, spines gilt, one slightly faded, rubbed, particularly at edges, 4to.
Life at Puget Sound, with Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon, and California, 1865-1881
Caroline C. Leighton. Lee & Shephard, Boston, 1884.
Peter Parley. The Balloon Travels of Robert Merry and His Young Friends over Various Countries in Europe. London: J. Blackwood, 1857.
The North Pole: Its Discovery in 1909 Under the Auspices of the Peary Arctic Club. Peary, Robert E. New York, F.A. Stokes, 1910. xxxii, 373 pp. Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. Foreword by Gilbert H. Grosvenor. Illustrated with photo plates including 8 in color; folding color map. 9½x6½, original dark blue pictorial cloth lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. First Trade Edition.
“Narrative of Peary’s last expedition 1908-09…and march to the Pole.” Arctic Bib. 13230.