It's been really hard to pick images to post on this blog. Indeed, this gorgeous volume of Hans Christian Andersen's famous Fairy Tales is packed-full with fabulous Black and White and colour images by the very famous British illustrator William Heath Robinson.
My copy is not a perfect one, far from it - a lot of the pages show foxing, one or two pages have a ripped corner, and it is missing four colour plates. If this were a pristine copy, it would be worth £70+!
This was published in 1930 by Hodder and Stoughton for Boots the Chemist - I like the Boots logo on the spine where the publisher's should be!
My fourth novel Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery will have a more or less pronounced whiff of the supernatural and will be set in Dorset - I envisage something like an homage to Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes.
I will most certainly be using the section dedicated to the South West of England...
As I cannot acquire any new stock for my Arcane Publishing shop/stall - and I am not able to sell online at the moment, I have decided to post about the beautiful volumes I have collected over the years...
I am the very proud owner of this book, a copy of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market and other poems beautifully illustrated by Florence Harrison, circa 1920 - first edition of this version (Goblin Market was originally published in 1862).
It is not in pristine condition and no longer have its dust jacket, but nevertheless, it is a very precious item of my collection...
Our daily exercise walk takes us to the beach huts near our home...
As we slowly meander among the colourful huts, we have started to notice bits and bobs we had never spotted before...
Like this big, rusty old anchor...
Scandal and beauty - Mark Gatiss on Aubrey Beardsley was a rare treat for me, who has been an Aubrey Beardsley fan for many, many years (I have had a tattoo of his art on my arm for almost 20 years!).
Like many people, I was so looking forward to the Beardsley exhibition at the Tate, which I had planned to visit in May... I guess they cannot extend it or reschedule it, and therefore I will not enjoy the original art of one of my favourite artists...
I am genuinely heartbroken.
I am the lucky owner of a copy of the first volume of Beardsley's controversial quarterly literary periodical Yellow Book. It is an incredibly fragile item and my copy is not in the best of conditions, but I do cherish it immensely...
I do have quite a few rare and beautiful books on my shelves, and might share them with you in the next few weeks..
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