"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
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet 1912 Page 2
On November 5 1912, by a vote of 52% in favor, women in Oregon won the right to vote - eight years before the 19th Amendment / Susan B. Anthony amendment is ratified and becomes law. There is lots of interesting information on the history and timeline of suffrage in Oregon here.
Les Présomptions des femmes
Guillaume Coquillart. “Rouen: Abraham Cousturier,” nd [i. e., later 18th century]
Manuscript in french, written in roman hand in brown ink, 27 lines, recto and verso, on vellum. 8 leaves, including title with hand-drawn vignette and border. 152x94 mm, late 18th-century red straight-grain morocco gilt, blue silk doublures and endleaves; contents clean.
Manuscript facsimile attributed to the 18th-century calligrapher F. F. Fyot, copied from an undated edition printed circa 1600. The text is a verse satire on women excerpted from the author’s legal parody Droitz Nouveaulx.
Health & Hygiene for the German Woman, Illustrated
Fischer-Dückelmann, Anna. Die Frau als Hausärztin. Stuttgart: Süddeutsches Verlags-Institut, [1907?].
“Early edition of this pioneering German medical reference work by a woman for women: A complete and thorough illustrated guide, enabling women to maintain good health for both themselves and the children in their care. This work was significantly progressive for its time, covering potentially fraught topics such as homosexuality, masturbation, contraception, etc., frankly and openly; it was so popular that it went through multiple editions and was in print (in revised form) as late as 1979.”
“The author was an advocate of vegetarianism, abstinence from alcohol, and women physicians to treat women; she here provides encyclopedic information on an array of ailments and how to manage them, as well as detailed descriptions of pregnancy, birth, nursing (with the recommendation to maintain a vegetarian diet while doing so), and how to handle infants. “
(all text from prbm)
Beautiful Women in History & Art
Beatrice Erskine. London: George Bell & Sons (Hallett Hyatt), 1905.
Tall, thick quarto, mid-20th-century full red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated and inlaid spine, gilt cover borders, inlaid centerpieces, red and green morocco doublure inset with Cosway-style watercolor miniature surrounded by eight small pearls, watered-silk free endpapers, all edges gilt.
Spectacular edition of “these portraits of beautiful women, seen against a background of history,” with 38 rich photogravures of contemporaneous paintings, including portraits of Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Lady Hamilton and Joan of Arc. Luxuriously bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in the Cosway style, with beautiful inlaid centerpieces and splendid watercolor painting of Joan of Arc set into the doublure. From the famous Doheny library, sold in 1987.
Eminent Women of the Age Parton, Greely, &tc. Chicago, S.M. Betts & Co., 1873.
Charming, attractive and quite well-preserved late 19th century collection of biographies of eminent women, including: Rosa Bonheur, Florence Nightingale, Lydia H. Sigourney, Eugenie, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Emma Willard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lucretia Mott, Anna E. Dickinson, Harriet G. Hosmer, and more.