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Conquest of Mars

Here is copy number 55 of the first edition of Edison’s Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss. There were only 1,500 copies in the first edition, and only 1,450 of those were offered for general distribution. Serviss, an astronomer, wrote Conquest in 1898; … Continue reading

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Alice Redux

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll – illustration by Sir John Tenniel London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1927

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Time for Caturday

Leon Underwood (1890-1975), The Siamese Cat (New York: Brentanos, 1928). Woodcut illustrations by the author. Underwood was a British born sculptor, engraver, painter and author who moved to New York City in the 1920s.  

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Go Ask Alice

Those of you who visit TBTP on a regular basis know of my life-long affection for Lewis Carroll’s classic book. I have had many different editions since I was  a child, but I have long found Ralph Steadman’s drawings for … Continue reading

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Classically Alice

This is one of the first non-Tenniel illustrated Alices issued when British copyright expired in 1907. Pictured in a white pinafore decorated with pale pink roses and grey tights, Rackham’s Alice appears both thinner and taller than Tenniel’s heroine. Muted colors, … Continue reading

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Another Metamorphosis

I am embarrassed to admit that I had never heard of Argentine artist and book illustrator Luis Scafati until recently. His take on Franz Kafka’s classic The Metamorphosis is creepy, but spot on. I have since discovered that Scafati has illustrated many … Continue reading

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Tilting At Windmills

Don Quixote of the Mancha re-told by Judge Parry Illustrated by Walter Crane London Blackie & Son Limited 1900 First Edition thus  

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There be monsters

Just in time for Halloween, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto has opened De Monstris, an exhibition exploring the long cultural tradition of frightening monsters that inflamed imaginations and triggered irrational fears throughout history. De Monstris examines scary illustrations and writings from … Continue reading

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It’s Raturday

For equal time Raturday, we have Robert Browning’s 1888 version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin illustrated by Kate Greenaway. The text of the volume published by Frederick Warne and Co. was based on a 17th century English take on the 13th … Continue reading

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Bibliophile Miscellany

If like me you frequent book blogs, it’s likely that you have seen the charming, book-celebratory art work and illustrations by Hawaii-based artist and bibliophile Jane Mount. Now she has a delightful new book titled Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany coming out next … Continue reading

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