"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
East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Old Tales from the North
P.C. Asbjornsen and J.I. Moe
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1914.
Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, including 25 tipped-in color plates, with tissue guards. (4to) 28.5x22.5 cm. (11¼x8¾”), original pictorial vellum gilt, top edge gilt, pictorial japanned endpapers. No. 71 of 500 copies.
Signed by the artist Kay Nielsen at the limitation. One of Nielsen’s most important works, and only the second book he published. This copy has the exhibition announcement for the original watercolors for this book laid in (Nov. & Dec., 1914, Leicester Galleries).
Cover of In Powder and Crinoline, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, c.1913 (via Amy Crehore)
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen, New York: George Doran Company, 1924,
Illustrated by Kay Nielsen.
First trade edition, original cloth and pictorial boards, with twelve mounted color plates, 4to, (spine faded and with some losses, inner hinge split, average wear).
Sous Le Signe du Rossignol, Henry Jacques.
Paris: L’Edition D’Art H. Piazza, ,
Illustrated by Kay Nielsen.
First edition, original wraps with glassine jacket, number 380 of 1500, with nineteen mounted color plates, 4to.
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
Frst trade edition, 12 mounted colour plates and other illustrations by Kay Nielsen, original light blue cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt, corners slightly bumped, dust-jacket chipped and frayed, 4to, .
B-A Note: Hmm, that’s the second book illustrated by Kay Nielsen that I’ve found in as many days. I need to do further research on him.
In Powder and Crinoline
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen. Hodder & Stoughton, 1913.
Number 127 of 500 copies signed by the artist, 26 tipped-in colour plates and illustrations by Kay Nielsen, captioned tissue guards, pastedowns and endpapers lightly foxed, original pictorial green dyed vellum, gilt.
B-A Note: In searching for additional information, I came across Nocloo which has scanned many of the lovely illustrations from this book. And I now have another interesting website to browse.