"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 Essay on Walt Whitman
Stevenson, Robert Louis. East Aurora, NY, The Roycroft Shop, 1900.
[viii], 91,  pp. (8vo) 21.5x14.5 cm. (8½x5¾”) full limp suede, yapp edges, title in gilt on front. No. 5 of 50 copies. Signed by Elbert Hubbard and the illuminator, Clara Schlagel, at the limitation statement. McKenna 65.
The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman
New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902.
10 volumes. (8vo) original vellum-backed boards, spines gilt, top edges gilt, original printed cloth jackets. No. 408 of 500 sets of the Book-Lover’s Camden Edition, signed in print by the publisher.
Volumes 1 through 3 contain Leaves of Grass, Volumes 4 through 10 comprise his miscellaneous prose works.
Leaves of Grass 
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: Hymn on the Death of Lincoln Walt Whitman. Essex House Press, London, 1900.
Hand-colored frontispiece and initial letters designed by C. R. Ashbee. 8vo, gilt- and blind-stamped vellum, slightly bowed, minor soiling, upper tips bumped. number 82 of 125 copies printed on vellum, the total edition
(From Wikipedia): Charles Robert Ashbee (London, 17 May 1863–Sevenoaks, Kent, 23 May 1942) was an English designer and entrepreneur who was a prime mover of the Arts and Crafts movement. He was also involved in book production and literary work. He set up the Essex House Press after Morris’s Kelmscott Press closed in 1897, taking on many of the displaced printers and craftsmen.
Leaves of Grass - Author’s Edition Whitman, Walt. 6th Edition. Camden, 1876
Illustrated with two portraits of Whitman. 8vo, 1/2 morocco, binding defective, with early partial rebacking, soiled tips and spine; hinges crudely reinforced, large chip to one front blank; ad leaf bound at rear. Signed by Whitman on title-page.
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