Element, 2004. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. "From his hugely popular and personal readings to his hit televised explorations, Derek has dealt with some of Britain's most notorious spirits and conducted countless hauting investigations. The sceptics are being silenced. Believers are being blinded by the light. What will YOU find when you enter the psychic adventures of Derek Acorah?" (jacket). Includes descriptions of encouters with Ghosts (including Jack the Ripper's victims, King Charles I, Mary Queen of Scots, and more). Black paper wrappers gilt title to front panel and blue/white title to spine. Photographic portait of Acorah to front and spine panels. Minor scuffing to panels and very minor wear to edges, else fine. Pristine interior with tight binding. 253 pages. MYTH/042205. Near Fine.
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Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. Deluxe Edition. Number 31 of 50 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. It is in a special binding of quarter tan goatskin over blue Japanese cloth covered boards. It is housed in blue cloth covered tryptich folding case with an interior folder holding a suite of five letterpress illustrations, each signed and dated by the artist. The case is made to look like a government file with maps lining the interior and an official resin medallion stating "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica" to the front panel. The interior maps have been hand-altered with pencil notes of expedition locations. The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/072423. Fine.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2020. Limited to 125 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Todd Thyberg. He writes in the colophon that the book took over two years to write, create, and print. He states: "This experiential read was conceived as an ode to H.P. Lovecraft, whose books I had discovered and read profusely as a teenager growing up in a small town in rural North Dakota....I knew I wanted to be a writer, to breathe life into stories that transported the reader to realms unknown. H.P. Lovecraft gifted the world with a style of cosmic horror and weird fiction that was previously unknown. In homage, Todd created a mythical and mystical expedition to the steppes of Siberia to find the temple and artifacts of a mysterious people that supposedly once inhabited this barren and forbidding land. He says, "In the winter of ‘18, I rented a cabin in the woods of Wisconsin and sequestered myself for a week, sketching, researching and writing down plot points. I took an historic event that fascinates me and turned it on its head, spinning it into the world of old gods and monsters that thrilled me as a kid. I wanted to celebrate and honor the creepy cosmic horror that made Lovecraft’s work so unique. One of the men on the expedition is required to document their findings. Odd diagrams and even odder structures are found and recorded for the archives at Miskatonic University. What is it that they find? What happens to the expedition when they find it?" It’s all hidden within. But be forewarned! Many who have seen the contents of The Miskatonic Papers have died horrible deaths or gone completely insane! The valiant quest for knowledge may lead you down a path that branches into dark corners of the night, filled with arcane shadows. Never travel there alone and be cautious where you step. If you hear a wet, rustling noise behind you, you had best run screaming. After exploring Todd's remarkable and complex production, the reader will indeed understand Todd's warning! The work comes in a foil-stamped grey clothbound clamshell box with three sealed folders inside.Todd urges the reader to break the seals and pore through the contents of the folders. One includes a broadside for the expedition, drawings, two letters, a rubbing, telegrams from the field, and an amazing handwritten expedition journal. All of them letterpress printed, aged, and weathered. The Expedition Broadside appears stained with ale and smudges from the hands of inquisitive sailors. It states that Professor Tyler Freeborn seeks able-bodied men to risk life and limb for the advancement of science. Do you have a thirst for adventure? Perhaps you should apply. Each piece of the book was made to look as if it was created 100 years ago. Stains, creases, and even burned edges will provide the reader with a rich experience when delving through the ephemera and piecing the story together. Printed on a selection of stocks as well as vintage business cards and journal pages, with too many typefaces to name and lots of handwriting as well. Letterpress printed at the Angel Bomb studio. In fine condition. ARTSB/071320. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Hardcover. Number 14 of 24 copies. A miniature digitally printed reproduction of a unique hand painted and hand-sewn folio sized artist book by Schwartzott. The text written by Belting relates the native American themed creation myth of the origin of shooting stars. In this tale they are the falling bodies of coyotes that unsuccessfully desired to dance in the sky with stars. Bound in black handmade paper with paper title label to spine illustration with hand painted embellishments, collage and stitchery to front board. Housed in a navy blue, red, and black paper covered box with decorative paper featuring a star pattern. Paper title to spine and collaged elements with sewing to panels. Unpaginated. [30 pages.] Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Natalia Belting (1915-1997) taught history for 43 years at the University of Illinois until her retirement in 1985. Dr. Belting really had four careers: she was a history professor, a writer, a lay minister, and an environmentalist. She published 24 children's books about history and mythology. Book size: 3 x 2.75 inches; Box size: 3.75 x 3.25 inches. ARTB/051723. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2019. Hardcover. 1 of 35 copies, signed by the translator on the title page and the designer on the colophon. An examination of the "Necronomicon" - "a scientific diary of the putatively insane doctor known as Abdullah Alhazred. He was a scientist and an alchemist who believed cannibalistic funerary rites could both appease the spirits of the dead and access the divine" (page 13). It includes a fascinating discussion of previous translations, historical contextualization, medical and philosophical explanations behind Alhazred's practices, biographical facts about the doctor, and new translations of the five extracts. According to Alhazred, if performed using the correct rituals, ingestion of the dead could transfer their energy or life force, thus extending the life of the consumer. If true, perhaps he is still alive, wandering in the desert (or so this book suggests)! According to the colophon, this book is digitally printed on laid paper in Adobe Jenson Pro with Neue Kabel for captions and Junius Rough for chapter titles. The first half of this edition was printed pre-Covid and the second half was just printed in 2023. Due to paper shortages, this second half has been printed on machine made paper. It includes an original woodcut made by George A. Walker, signed and numbered out of 42, inserted into a pocket on the front free endpaper. The book is bound in grey cloth boards with a black dust jacket titled in white on the spine and front panel. A pattern of grey skulls decorates the jacket. Includes color photographic illustrations that depict fragments from the original Necronomicon, a page from the Book of the Dead, and other historical sources. 37 pages. PRI/031323. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 44of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author, writer of the foreword, and designer and illustrator. It is a humorous and rather irreverent retelling by Jack Ketchum of "an ancient, yet always timely tale." The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose. The surviving work is dated to about 200 BC, but the fables are likely much more ancient [Wikipedia]. In this tale, a little mouse unexpectedly falls into the hands of a magician, who transforms the mouse into a young girl who becomes a daughter to him and his wife. It recounts their attempts to find a suitable god for her to marry before they realize that she should be transformed back into a mouse and marry the King of the Mice. With original wood engravings by George Walker that were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese gampi paper from the original wood blocks. The text is printed with Linotype Granjon type on Zephyr Laid paper. Bound in a dark gray full leather portfolio with a tan leather tie that evokes a mouse's tail. A charming book in fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [about 18 pages plus illustrations]. PRI/050922. Fine.
London: The Richards Press, 1956. Hardcover. Fourth Printing. English radio broadcaster and novelist Algernon Blackwood (1869 - 1951) is perhaps best known for his ghost stories. Originally published in 1906, this is a new edition of his first collection of Ghost Stories, which includes ten tales. Bound in red cloth boards with black title to spine. In light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Browning to spine panel, rubbing to panels, short closed tears, and wear to edges of jacket. Foxing to edges of textblock and offsetting to endpapers, else clean. 316 pages. OCC/082423. Very Good / Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2012. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. This book is from a small open edition. According to the book artist: "Baba Yaga is a character from Russian/Slavic folklore. One of the most ambiguous of fairy tale characters, Baba Yaga is a uniquely Slavic folk figure. Her first appearance in literature came in 1755, in a Russian grammar book. She is most well-known from the story of Vasilisa the Beautiful, who is taken in by Baba Yaga after being abandoned in the forest by her evil stepmother. Baba Yaga is no fairy godmother. She takes Vasilisa in but works her harder then her stepmother did. In other tales, Baba Yaga appears as a benevolent mentor." Bound in green-on-green striped paper with a spine of wood-textured brown paper. Brass trim to both boards with paper title label to front cover. Size: 2 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches. In fine condition. 50 pages. ARTB/091123. Fine.
Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, . Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. "Catalog #305 from 1889" with Price List laid in. This inventive book is purportedly an actual catalog from Nightengale & Sons business. From the book artist: "The history of the Nightengale company began in the late16th century, when they supplied Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley with 'shew-stones' or crystal balls. The company flourished during the European alchemy boom of the late16th and early 17th century, and expanded into optical tools and occult mathematical devices as alchemy gave way to modern chemistry and the beginnings of Mad Science. In the 19th century, they achieved, if not fame, at least notoriety, as purveyors of a line of monster abatement equipment.. They also began courting collectors of antique metaphysical artifacts, and at one point had almost cornered the market in rare editions of C'thuliana. After the turn of the 20th century, Enoch Nightengale, then president of the company, became so concerned about the advent of modern rationalism that Nightengale's catalogues became difficult to come by, passing from hand to hand among the adept, with word-of-mouth their only advertising. The 1889 catalogue is the last to have achieved a general circulation, and even copies of this edition are increasingly difficult to come by. To have discovered a copy with the laid-in price list is very unusual indeed. Traces of Nightengale's continued existence occasionally turn up. Some printed items bearing their name have come to light from the Infernal Regions (see Welcome To Hell!), and their label is sometimes found on the Vampire Hunter Kits of Bo Press Miniature Books. It is to be hoped that a company as old and storied as Nightengale's is still around in some nearby dimension, ready to supply . . .the explorer of uncanny places, magimetician, philosopher, alchemist, monster hunter, or wizard." This copy is bound in Nightengale's distinctive white-on-black skeleton paper and is printed on Mohawn superfine paper. In fine condition. 80 pages 2.5 x 2 inches. PRI/090523. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. This fascinating miniature construction from Pat Sweet's Bo Press is what she describes as one of the occasional oddities she creates. While she has made a few of these kits over the years, each is unique in shape and contents. This one includes 8 micro-miniature books (some blank), stakes with mallet, crucifix, garlic cloves, holy water, dueling pistols, a candle, test tubes, a bundle of letters, and maps. Trunk Size: 3 1/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, (2013). Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. One of 50 copies. Signed by the book artist. "We all know how the story goes: Jonathan Harker leaves the inn at the beginning of 'Dracula', and is dropped off at the crossroads by the coachman, who is afraid to take him any further. But there is another part of the story, one that Stoker's editor (so the story goes) persuaded him to omit. In this version, Harker demands to be taken down a side road that leads to a long-abandoned village, with dire results. This is the story of that dangerous digression: 'Dracula's Guest', published posthumously in 1914. It may have been a part of the novel, or it may not. The narrator is never named, and seems unlike the characterization of Harker in the novel. You can be the judge" (book artist). Designed, printed, and bound by Pat Sweet. Includes 5 illustrations. and endpapers decorated with a flying bat's wing. Bound in black and gold Japanese chiyogami paper with blood red cloth spine. 74 pages. Measures 2 1/16 inches x 1 1/2 inches. ARTB/090523. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2014. This is a welcome reissue of one of Pat Sweet's most inventive miniature works. "Welcome to Hell" comprises twelve pieces of Hellish ephemera that play with some of the images and ideas of the infernal regions from popular culture. The result is a surprisingly humorous and engaging production. Pat described it as one of her most fun projects ever. She writes: "Most religions have discarded the idea of a retributive afterlife, but the idea remains in the popular consciousness as folk belief. Images of old-time Hell are much more common than those of Heaven: Dante invented a whole complex gradation of torments for an exactly sorted list of sins. But grinning devils with pitchforks continue to poke burning sinners, and Satan continues to offer shady your-soul-for-your heart's desire deals in folk tales and legends." The items are stored inside a shopping bag labeled "Welcome to Hell." Your goody bag from Hell includes: Welcome To Hell! (with FAQs! - for example, "Am I really here for all of eternity?" "Yes") A Gallery of Hell (Hell in famous paintings) Visitor's Book (Yes, some people get to leave) Hellhounds of the Underworld (Hell has a surprising number of dogs) Go To Hell (a board game for sinners of all ages) Devil Cards (collect 'em all!) Seven Deadly Sins Post Cards ( by Bruegel) Hotel Grand Pandemonium dinner menu (Annual Famous Last Meals Banquet),an extra gameboard, Hellmouth Pop-up Cards (three thrilling maws) Maps of Hell (maps of Dante's Hell). Also included is a complimentary fan - Hot Enough For Ya? - with picture of devil's head - not that it would do much good. The bag is 3 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 inches. The items in the bag vary in size but are all miniature. In fine condition. PRI/060121. Fine.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1986). Hardcover. Presentation copy SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Blue paper backed yellow cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Inscription on front free end page reads " To George, Hope you like this book. I look forward to meeting you. Jerome Charyn." Else is clean and bright. White illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. One small closed teat to bottom edge of front panel of dust jacket. Index, 304 pages. NY/061611. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2022. One of 99 copies. An inventive set of cyber related tarot cards from artist Coron and writer Stern. There are 22 cards plus a card with the user manual that describes how the set can be used. The instructions state: "For MEDITATION, you can study the vanities and follies of humans nature. Please see the 1440 AD OS. For DIVINATION, you must be certified to read the hidden meanings of fate. Please contact a magus, shaman or warlock for instruction and apprenticeship. For all other purposes, such as paradigm shifting, game changing, inventing the future, and causing disruptions of all kinds, we make no guarantees. You AGREE not to hold this tarot deck liable for any surprises." The cards are boldly printed in black, orange, and yellow. Each card has a black skeletal figure that illustrates the term on that card, e.g., online wanderer, hacker, influencer, gamer joystick, cyber security, troll. Each card is 3.3 x 2.16 inches. The deck is housed in a white box that is signed and numbered by Coron. Drawn in Illustrator and printed by Moo. In fine condition. PRI/051622. Fine.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973. Hardcover. "This is the first comprehensive guide to a vast number of places connected with ghosts, hauntings, witchcraft, mysteries, strange customs and legends. It locates wishing wells, sites of buried treasure and the supernatural showplaces of England, Scotland and Wales, and is the ideal vade mecum for the visitor in search of the off beat and the eerie .... [It] is arranged by counties as a series of tours, but the maps adn index make it possible for the sites to be visited in conjunction with other itineraries which the tourist may have already planned" (jacket). Black cloth boards with metallic green title to spine. In color illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Foxing to top edge of text block. Illustrated. 201 plus maps. OCC/082423. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Wyndham Books, 1981. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. In red cloth backed brown paper covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Slight fading to top edge of boards. In illustrated black DJ with tow tiny chips to top edge of DJ. Small brown stain to top edge of textblock. Interior pristine. 286pp. OCC/072606. Very Good in Very Good dj.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. Hardcover. An interesting selection of ghost stories in translation (from the original French, German, Spanish, and Italian) including: The Horla, Siesta, The Tall Woman, On the River, Maese Pérez the Organist, Fioraccio, and the Silent Woman. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to front board and spine. Silver borders and decoration to front board. Chipping to spine ends and minor wear to corners and board edges. Dampstain to bottom edge of rear board and to bottom margins of many pages. Toning to margins and old price in blue pencil to front pastedown, else clean. 225 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Sebastopol, CA: Deeply Game Publications, 2020. Hardcover. Number 16 of 20 copies. Signed by the book artist. From the preface: In the 19th and early 20th centuries a great many people were fooled into believing that "spirit photographers" were able to pierce death's veil to document the ghosts of lost loved ones. "These photographers, also known as mediums, used double exposures and other tricks to manufacture the supernatural encounters. Their popularity attests to the power of love and loss in people's lives then and now. The hauntings were real, even if the ghosts were not. We are haunted still, and not just by love and loss. This book makes visible some of what bedevils us - psychological demons; social & factual distortions; the force & folly of the culture around us." For this compelling book, the artist produced plates using paint, camera, and ink to create specters - haunting figures - immaterial subjects that comprise both fact and fiction, encompassing both the rational and absurd. The apparent spectral images in the plates are able to be identified using a fold-out guide that provides keys to the bedevilments that haunt each image. Key words (or "bedevilments") include: fake news, extinction, lonliness, police murder, rage, social distance, xenophobia, climate change, demise of democracy, etc.). The relevant key abbreviations are printed on the white page across from each of the images. The painted images in the plates were based on spirit photographs by Ada Deane, William Hope, Edward Wyllie, and others. Bound in dark blue cloth with silver titling to front cover. Letterpress printed using News Gothic and Century Schoolbook fonts designed by Morris Fuller Benton. In fine condition. Measures 8 x 11 inches. [38 pages] ARTISTSB/040623. Fine.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1891. Hardcover. First Edition. Lanoe Falconer was the pseudonym of Mary Elizabeth Hawker (1848-1908), the Scottish novelist, pianist, and short story writer. This scarce book was a very popular supernatural novel in its day. In very good condition in original dark blue cloth boards. Light bumping to corners and chipping to spine. Interior pages clean with some splitting to signatures but text block is holding. 197 pages plus 44 page classified catalogue. LIT/031511. Very Good.
Baltimore: Flying Fox Press, 2017. Paperback. 1 of 25 copies, initialed and numbered by the artist. Linocut of an imaginary serpent-bird printed archivally in dark green ink on tan paper. Printed at PaperBase with Sarah Robbins. Thirty-seven additional copies were printed for the Guild of Book Workers "Bird in Hand" annual collaborative project. Ten percent of each sale will be donated to Bat Conservation International. Size: 8 x 8 inches. PRI/090117. Fine.
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Company, 1943. Hardcover. A Tower Mystery. First edition, Second printing. Includes 14 horror stories by A.M. Burrage, Helen R. Hull, Bram Stoker, Hugh Walpole, William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad, and more. Blue paper covered boards with light blue title to spine. Chipping to paper along spine ends, edges, and joints. Front and rear flaps of the jacket are pasted down to the inside of the covers; however, the front, rear, and spine panels of the jacket are no longer present. The front free endpaper is also partially adhered to the cover. The interior is browned, but still legible. Foxing to endpapers and to jacket remnants, but clean overall. Split to binding along front hinge exposing mull, but boards remain attached to the textblock. 317 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Athens: Dorothy Simpson Krause, 2021. A unique book with original watercolors. Dorothy Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. In her artist's statement she says: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue – a visible means of exploring meaning. In 2019, when the artist was in Athens, she began a book with watercolors of the landscape and collaged images of Athena. Returning home, she decided to explore her relation to the archetype and wrote a narrative, contrasting her comments with excerpts from Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Goddesses in Everywoman. Because she felt it presumptuous to compare herself to Athena, she printed narrative from Bolen's book on 4 vellum sheets and "hid" them by inserting them between the drum-leaf pages. Channeling Athena has 10 watercolor and collaged pages, and the 4 vellum inserts in a drum-leaf binding with a cover of vintage white leather over board. Affixed to the cover is a cream colored plaster medallion with a raised profile of a Greek head and the letters AOE ("Of the Athenians"). A lovely book in fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 6" inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/051923.
Garden City, NY: Blue Ribbon Books, 1941. Hardcover. Reprint. Includes over 25 short stories from Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Lafcadio Hearn, the Arabian Nights, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce - and many more. With haunting illustrations by Lynd Ward. Each story opens with a brief introduction from the editor. Bound in green cloth boards with yellow title to spine. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards. Wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Browning to spine. Occasional spots of soiling to interior and toning to the margins. Penned ownership signature to the front free endpaper. A few minor splits to interior binding. 486 pages. OCC/072123. Very Good.
Berryville, VA: Virginia Book Company, 1966. Paperback. Revised Edition. Originally published in 1930. Marguerite Dupont Lee (1862 - 1936) was born into the wealthly Dupont family of Delware. She was always interested in the psychic phenomena such as ghosts and wrote several books on the subject including this one. She was a suffragette and later in life did much charity work including opening a settlement house in Georgetown. The stories in this book are organized by region and county, and each is accompanied by a black and white photographic illustration. Bound in cream paper wrappers with black title to spine and front board. Color pastedown photographic illustration to front cover. Browning to spine, foxing and dampstaining to covers. Dampstaining to top margins of a few pages and occasional spots of foxing throughout. Several pages have hand-written edits. A good reading copy of this ghostly collection that includes ghosts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, sailors, slaves, and many more. 255 pages. OCC/082423. Very Good.