A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments. London: T. Hodgson, 1785
The third edition of this title, a format that was used to teach children and uneducated adults passages from the Bible through the use of iconic graphics.
H. L. Mencken inscribes a book for Carl Van Vechten and totals the amount of water under the bridge . . .
An 1853 edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from London, with 100 added illustrations in watercolor by an artist, presumably “Eugene Bauer” by the appearance of his signature next to several images. The detailed and deft characters and objects add a contemporary view of the famous novel by an amateur artist.
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A deluxe artist’s edition. with illustrations by Leonor Fini, of the 1884 novel by the decadent writer, Rachilde.
The images from this edition (Editions d’Art Agori, 1972) express just a hint of the complicated, soap opera-level plot that starts with a young woman, cross-dressing as a man, who takes a male lover who cross-dresses as a woman. Throw in drugs, prostitution and a bit of necrophila and you have a snapshot of what constituted the wildest urges of the decadent movement.
Two versions of the well-known ABC tale, The History of An Apple Pie, both from the early 19th century, but which came first?