"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
Jesse James: The Life and Daring Adventures of This Bold Highwayman and Bank Robber and His No Less Celebrated Brother, Frank James. Together With the Thrilling Exploits of the Younger Boys. Written by ***** (One Who Dare Not Now Disclose His Identity.) The Only Book Containing The Romantic Life of Jesse James and his Pretty Wife Who Clung to Him to the Last!
Philadelphia, Barclay & Co, 1886
19)-96 pp. Woodcut illustrations. (8vo), original pictorial wrappers. Housed in custom folder. Third Printing. Woodcut portrait of Jesse James on front wrapper and of Jesse’s father on rear wrapper (neither correct).
B-A Note: “Written by One Who Dare Not Now Disclose His Identity” - and neither portrait is correct. Hmm… might not pass the sniff test, but still a classic little book with a thrilling title!
Low Down on Calamity Jane
Rapid City, SD, 1932.
“…written by a woman who claimed to have known Calamity Jane…” -Adams, Six-Guns 644.
12 pp. Photograph on front and rear wrapper covers. 21.9x15 cm. (8½x6”), yellow wrappers. First Edition.
B-A Note: Thanks to a plentiful auction of Americana at PBA, I think today shall be a Characters of the Wild Wild West day. We will return to regular randomness tomorrow. ;)
The True Story of the Killing of “Billy the Kid” (Notorious New Mexico Outlaw). As Detailed by John W. Poe, a Member of Sheriff Pat Garrett’s Posse, to E.A. Brininstool, in 1919
Privately Printed by E.A. Brininstool, 1923.
The three illustrations plus the letter did not appear in the First Edition of the separate printing, which was issued in wrappers in 1922. The account first appeared in Wide World magazine, London, in 1919.