Picturing Vermilion Sands

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First UK edition, 1971. Art by Brian Knight.

Vermilion Sands (1971) is a story collection by JG Ballard which maintains a cult reputation even while being overshadowed by its author’s more popular (and notorious) novels. Most of the stories were written in the 1960s, and a couple of the pieces are among Ballard’s earliest works, but where many of his other short stories can read like the work of a writer with bills to pay, the tales of Vermilion Sands are much closer to Ballard’s core interests, filled with symbolic resonance and literary allusion.

Vermilion Sands, the place, is a near-future resort with a desert climate and an unspecified location, where the Côte d’Azur meets Southern California but the ocean is a sea of sand. The inhabitants are the idle midde-class types who populate all of Ballard’s work, and each story has a different artistic or cultural theme. Ballard was more receptive to visual art, especially painting, than many authors, particularly the SF writers of his generation for whom art was less interesting than science and technology. There is science and technology in these stories (some of the latter is now inevitably dated) but it doesn’t dominate the proceedings. The stories derive less from scientific speculation than from Ballard’s desire to create a future he would have been happy to inhabit himself, an alternative to the grim dystopias which proliferate in science fiction. The background furnishings also reflect the author’s ideal, owing much to the Surrealist landscapes of Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst, a pair of artists whose works are often referenced in Ballard’s fiction. Given all of this you’d expect that cover artists might have risen to the challenge more than they have. What follows is a look at the more notable attempts to depict Vermilion Sands or its population, only a few of which are covers for the book itself.

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Weekend links: Hodgson edition

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Masters of Terror, Vol 1, Corgi Books, 1977. No illustrator credited.

It was all happening this week so there’s a lot to get through. Are you ready? Deep breath…

For ye Hogge doth be of ye outer Monstrous Ones, nor shall any human come nigh him nor continue meddling when ye hear his voice, for in ye earlier life upon the world did the Hogge have power, and shall again in ye end.

The Hog (c. 1910) by William Hope Hodgson.

• “The Hog is Hodgson’s most nakedly Jungian setpiece; fetid waves of archetypes sweep repeatedly against the thin walls of quotidian reality.” Thus Iain Sinclair, writing in a 1991 afterword to Carnaki the Ghost-Finder which I highly recommend to both Hodgson and Sinclair enthusiasts. China Miéville dissected Hodgson’s Hog on Wednesday and a few hours later a student protest in London turned into an assault on the Tory HQ. Coincidence? Here at {feuilleton} we only offer the facts, it’s up to you to join the dots. M John Harrison approved. Of the protest, that is, not the raising of Porcine Malevolence from the Gulfs Beyond, although he might approve of that as well.

• Further Hodgsonia: Science of The Night Land: Dying Suns and Earth Energy while for real devotees there’s Andy Robertson’s Night Land site.

• “Amplifying the vibrations of the ether” for a view “beyond the limits of ordinary life”: The Fugitive Futurist (1924), a remarkable short film at the BFI’s YouTube channel in which Trafalgar Square is flooded, a monorail crosses Tower Bridge and a dirigible takes to the air over the Houses of Parliament. Also Trafalgar Square Riot (1913), a newsreel with suffragettes at the centre of a civil disturbance. Some of the critics of Wednesday’s events seem to have forgotten that women gained the vote in this country only after repeatedly smashing windows and causing trouble.

• Related to the above: How to Hex a Corporation at Arthur magazine. And let’s not forget Hakim Bey’s Occult Assault on Institutions.

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Cover illustration by Ian Miller (1972). The other great cover for THOTB was by Ed Emshwiller in 1962.

The wanderings of the Narrator’s spirit through limitless light-years of cosmic space and Kalpas of eternity, and its witnessing of the solar system’s final destruction, constitute something almost unique in standard literature.

HP Lovecraft reviewing Hodgson’s The House on the Borderland in Supernatural Horror in Literature.

• Lovecraft has long cast a shadow over Hodgson’s fevered visions even though words of praise like those above have done much to keep the earlier writer’s work in print. I’ve been talking for years about doing a series of illustrations for The House on the Borderland and may yet make good on that threat; never say never. Meanwhile, Rick Poyner returned to Design Observer this week pondering the challenge of non-Euclidean architecture in What does HP Lovecraft look like?

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Druillet illustrates Hodgson (1971).

• In his latest piece of Barney Bubbles detective work, Paul Gorman discovered the identity of BB’s first design employer, the alluded to but never named Michael Tucker. More surprising for me than the Robert Brownjohn connection is that there’s now a tenuous link between Barney Bubbles and William Gerhardi.

777 classical music album covers from the collection of Dr Horst Scherg. Related: The Golden Age of Wacky Classical LP Covers — Westminster Gold and the Westminster Gold discography.

Chez Fini: Little Augury looks at the work and workplaces (and cats!) of the marvellous Leonor Fini.

• There’s yet more Lovecraft (and much else besides) in Nomad Codes, a new book from Erik Davis.

• The Irrepressibles: “They’re scared of what we’re going to do next”.

• New Scientist asks Is this evidence that we can see the future?

Of Electricity And Water: A Thomas Dolby Interview.

Jarvis Cocker talks to Brian Eno.

Fuck Yeah, Gay Vintage

Hog Callin’ Blues (1962) by Charles Mingus. Play loud and often.

The art of Ed Emshwiller, 1925–1990

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Another item brought to light during the Great Shelf Re-ordering and Spring Clean is this 1950 Lancer paperback of The Dying Earth by Jack Vance, a slim collection of six short connected stories, and another favourite book. Despite the sf label this is far more a work of fantasy (science fantasy, if you must), being tales of the bizarre and occasionally grotesque inhabitants of the last days of the earth. Magic is the order of the day, not advanced technology, although Vance hints that the book’s elaborate spells may be a higher ordering of mathematics capable of manipulating reality. I like the simple cover layout of this edition, and Ed Emshwiller’s illustration manages to be sparing yet fully representative of a key scene.

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French sf portal Noosfere has recently revamped its artwork showcase and has a substantial collection of Emshwiller’s cover paintings. I’d prefer to see more of his earlier style but the collection includes some striking designs.

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Sunstone (1979).

Emshwiller was a very prolific illustrator but from the 1960s on also developed his own style of experimental filmmaking, some examples of which can be found at YouTube. I’d actually seen Sunstone—a very early piece of computer animation—years ago without registering the credit. In addition there’s also Thanatopsis, a strange b&w short which is remarkably similar in tone to some of the films which William Burroughs and Antony Balch were making at around the same time.

The genre artist | Jack Vance profiled in the NYT

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The book covers archive
The illustrators archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
The King in Yellow
Ballantine Adult Fantasy covers
Clark Ashton Smith book covers
Revenant volumes: Bob Haberfield, New Worlds and others
The World in 2030
The art of Virgil Finlay, 1914–1971
Towers Open Fire

The illustrators archive

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Previous posts about illustrators.

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Sculptured Melodies by Mera Sett

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André Castaigne’s Phantom of the Opera

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The Romance of Perfume

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Claude Shepperson’s First Men in the Moon

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Oesterreichische Monatsbilder

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Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

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James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art

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The artists of Future Life

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Albert Robida’s Contes Drolatiques

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Gustave Doré’s Contes Drolatiques

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Émile Bayard’s Histoire de la Magie

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The art of Rafael Romero Calvet, 1885–1925

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John Aarts’ Lucifer

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The Work of Walter Crane

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The art of John Thompson

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Arthur Zaidenberg’s À Rebours revisited

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Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern

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Die Arbeit des Todes by Ferdinand Barth

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The Eerie Book

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Fritz Eichenberg’s illustrated Poe

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The psychedelic art of Nicole Claveloux

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Everyman and Other Plays by John Austen

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Edmund Dulac’s Tanglewood Tales

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Edmund Dulac’s Tempest

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Italian villas and their gardens

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De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s The Ancestress

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John Batten’s Indian Fairy Tales

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The art of Erhard Amadeus Dier, 1893–1969

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Ghostly Ballads

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The art of Alan Odle, 1888–1948

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Harry Clarke and others in The Studio

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The art of Karel Thole, 1914–2000

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Célio’s Les Amis du Crime

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Seeing Calvino: Invisible Cities

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Gérard Trignac’s Invisible Cities

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Colleen Corradi Brannigan’s Invisible Cities

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Le Città In/visibili

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Mikhail Viesel’s Invisible Cities

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After Beardsley by Ryan Cho

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Laurence Housman’s The Sensitive Plant

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Laurence Housman’s End of Elfintown

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The Reflected Faun

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Aubrey Beardsley’s Keynotes

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Lucian’s True History

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Jo Daemen’s The Sacred Flame

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John Yunge-Bateman’s King Lear

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Walter Crane’s Picture Books

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Gustave Doré’s Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

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Edmund Dulac’s Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales

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Harry Clarke’s Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

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A Q&A with artist Mel Odom

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John Austen’s Tales of Passed Times

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Kay Nielsen’s Grimm Fairy Tales

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The art of Theodor Kittelsen, 1857–1914

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John Bauer’s Godsaga

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William Heath Robinson’s Rabelais

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The Talking Thrush and Other Tales of India

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Jean de Bosschère’s The City Curious

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Willy Pogány’s Rubáiyát

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Elihu Vedder’s Rubáiyát

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Edmund J. Sullivan’s Sintram and His Companions

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Edmund J. Sullivan’s Rubáiyát

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John Austen’s Little Ape

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The art of John Jack Vrieslander, 1879–1957

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Albert Weisgerber’s Grimm Fairy Tales

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Knapp’s Egypt

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The occult Knapp

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Etidorhpa by John Uri Lloyd

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Ivan Bilibin’s Russian Wonder Tales

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The art of Toshiaki Kato

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George Barbier’s Mirages

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The Scottish Fairy Book

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Jacques Houplain’s Maldoror

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Pierre-Yves Trémois’s Fleur du Mal

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Victor Delhez’s Fleurs du Mal

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Raphaël Drouart’s Fleurs du Mal

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Tony George-Roux’s Fleurs du Mal

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Percy Walter Wolff’s Die Vorhölle

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The Voyage of the Pequod

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Lovecraft: Démons et Merveilles

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William Strang’s Baron Munchausen

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RS Sherriffs’ Tamburlaine the Great

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Paul Konewka’s Faust

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Maximin: ein Gedenkbuch by Stefan George

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Antony Little’s echoes of Aubrey

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Lynd Ward’s Frankenstein

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The Angel of the Revolution

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s Moral Emblems

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Harry Willock book covers

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Raphaël Freida’s Torture Garden

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The art of A. Reinheimer

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s illustrated Poe

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John Batten’s Celtic fairy tales

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John Batten’s English fairy tales

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John Batten’s Book of Wonder Voyages

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Tenniel’s Fables

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A Book of Old English Ballads

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Bird Gods

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John Austen’s Hamlet

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Petruccelli at Fortune

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Fortune illustrators

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Fortune in June

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Palladini’s Aquarian Tarot

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The art of Ted Coconis

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Dream Boats and Other Stories by Dugald Stewart Walker

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Joseph Southall’s Bluebeard

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Ezio Anichini postcards

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Julius Klinger’s Sodom

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René Bull’s Rubáiyát

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Rackham silhouettes

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Pamela Colman Smith’s Annancy Stories

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The art of Henri Caruchet

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George Barbier’s Falbalas et Fanfreluches

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The Time Machine

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Walter Crane’s Household Stories

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Harry Clarke in colour

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Tentacles #3: Dwellers in the Mirage

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Tentacles #1: The Boats of the ‘Glen Carrig’

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The Story of Rustem and Other Persian Hero Tales

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A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

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More from the Decadent Dutch

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Ephraim Moses Lilien’s Lieder des Ghetto

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Further echoes of Aubrey

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A Trip to Mars

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The End of Books, 1894

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Le Vingtième Siècle by Albert Robida

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La Vie Électrique by Albert Robida

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Green Pipes: Poems and Pictures

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Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale’s illustrated Tennyson

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Byam Shaw’s Garden of Kama

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Leo Dillon, 1933–2012

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Maurice Sendak, 1928–2012

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Die Entwicklung der modernen Buchkunst in Deutschland

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David Chestnutt’s psychedelic fairy tales

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Maxwell Armfield’s Faery Tales

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The Tinderbox

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Jean de Bosschère’s Folk Tales of Flanders

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Notor’s Lysistrata

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Henry Keen’s illustrated Webster

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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Vathek illustrated

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Erotic bookplates by Franz von Bayros

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Magritte’s Maldoror

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Elie Grekoff’s Tirésias

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Vaslav Nijinsky by Paul Iribe

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The art of Ronald Searle, 1920–2012

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Harry Clarke and the Elixir of Life

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Gustave Doré’s Ancient Mariner

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Joseph Noel Paton’s Ancient Mariner

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Patten Wilson’s illustrated Coleridge

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Gerald Metcalfe’s illustrated Coleridge

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Pogány’s Turkish fairy tales

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Edward Gorey book covers

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A Wilde Night

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Will Bradley posters

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Maxfield Parrish’s Arabian Nights

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Kay Nielsen’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon

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The fantastic and apocalyptic art of Bruce Pennington

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Detmold’s insects

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The Worlds of Mervyn Peake

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The Happy Hypocrite by Max Beerbohm

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Franz Stassen’s illustrated Hoffmann

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Valenti Angelo’s Salomé

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Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1944–2011

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The Art of the Book

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Robert Anning Bell’s Herodias

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The art of Kozma Lajos, 1884–1948

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Sibilla by Giulio Aristide Sartorio

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Thomas Mackenzie’s Aladdin

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Die Andere Seite by Alfred Kubin

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The art of Mario Laboccetta

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #10: Heinrich Vogeler

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À Rebours illustrated

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Alastair’s Carmen

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“Who is this who is coming?”

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The Snow Queen

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Cardwell Higgins versus Harry Clarke

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Modern book illustrators, 1914

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Philippe Jullian, connoisseur of the exotic

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Illustrating Poe #5: Among the others

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Illustrating Poe #4: Wilfried Sätty

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Illustrating Poe #3: Harry Clarke

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Illustrating Poe #2: William Heath Robinson

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Illustrating Poe #1: Aubrey Beardsley

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Will Bradley’s Fringilla

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The art of Marcus Behmer, 1879–1958

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Charles Robinson’s King Longbeard

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The Tempest illustrated

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Haschisch Hallucinations by HE Gowers

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The art of Ephraim Moses Lilien, 1874–1925

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Beardsley’s Rape of the Lock

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The art of scent revisited

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Vintage eye candy

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Tranquillo Marangoni bookplates

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Owen Wood’s Zodiac

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Palladini’s Zodiac

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Druillet’s vampires

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Book-plates of To-day

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The art of Ray Frederick Coyle, 1885–1924

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The art of Anton Pieck, 1895–1987

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Julius Klinger’s Salomé

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John Vassos’s Salomé

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René Bull’s Salomé

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The Sapphire Museum of Magic and Occultism

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Frank Frazetta, 1928–2010

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Pamela Colman Smith’s Russian Ballet

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Salammbô illustrated

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Jugend, 1900

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Louis Rhead bookplates

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Pratt Libraries Ex Libris Collection

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More decorated books from the Netherlands

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Manuel Orazi’s Salomé

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Jugend, 1899

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Robert Anning Bell’s Tempest

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Jugend, 1898

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Dugald Stewart Walker revisited

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The Savoy magazine

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Frans De Geetere’s illustrated Maldoror

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Jugend, 1897

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The art of Melchior Lechter, 1865–1937

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration

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Jugend, 1896

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Keim & Czeschka’s Nibelungen

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Les Papillons, métamorphoses terrestres des peuples de l’air

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Jugend Magazine revisited

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Heinrich Vogeler’s illustrated Wilde

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Peter Edwards times two

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Sinister silhouettes

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More science fiction covers

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The art of Ivan Bilibin, 1876–1942

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Ronald Balfour’s Rubáiyát

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Dalí in Wonderland

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The Evil Orchid Bookplate Contest

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Der Orchideengarten illustrated

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Equus and the Executionist

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Mervyn Peake at Maison d’Ailleurs

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Charles Robinson’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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The art of Raphaël Freida

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The art of Bertha Lum, 1869–1954

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The art of George Barbier, 1882–1932

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The art of Warwick Goble, 1862–1943

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Steinlen’s cats

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Science fiction and fantasy covers

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Willy Pogány’s Lohengrin

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Charles Ricketts’ Hero and Leander

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The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951

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Der Orchideengarten

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The art of Ed Emshwiller, 1925–1990

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Harry Clarke’s stained glass

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Henry Keen’s Dorian Gray

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Peake’s Pan

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Pite’s West End folly

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Gandharva by Beaver & Krause

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The White Peacock

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Einar Nerman

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More Arabian Nights

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Edward William Lane’s Arabian Nights Entertainments

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John Bickham’s Fables and other short poems

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Butterfly women

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Jugend Magazine

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The art of Maxwell Armfield, 1881–1972

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Buccaneers #1

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The art of Claude Fayette Bragdon, 1866–1946

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The art of Dugald Stewart Walker, 1883–1937

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Jim Cawthorn, 1929–2008

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December and Vernon Hill

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Guy Peellaert, 1934–2008

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Last in Line by Light Syndicate

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Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick

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Peacocks

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The art of John Hurford

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La belle sans nom

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Alan Aldridge: The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes

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The art of Pierre Clayette, 1930–2005

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Ronald Searle book covers

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Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein

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Aubrey Beardsley’s musical afterlife

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The faces of Parsifal

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Willy Pogány’s Parsifal

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The art of Mahlon Blaine, 1894–1969

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Pauline Baynes, 1922–2008

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Arthur Zaidenberg’s À Rebours

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San Francisco angels

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Maldoror illustrated

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The monstrous tome

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Aubrey by John Selwyn Gilbert

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The art of Virginia Frances Sterrett, 1900–1933

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The art of Ian Miller

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Dorothy Lathrop’s Three Mulla-mulgars

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Franklin Booth’s Flying Islands

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The art of Boris Artzybasheff, 1899–1965

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Meggendorfer’s Blatter

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Carlos Schwabe’s Fleurs du Mal

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Sidney Sime and Lord Dunsany

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Ballantine Adult Fantasy covers

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The art of Charles Robinson, 1870–1937

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William Heath Robinson’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

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William Heath Robinson’s illustrated Poe

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Austin Spare’s Behind the Veil

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Jessie M King’s Grey City of the North

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Harry Clarke’s The Year’s at the Spring

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The art of Sascha Schneider, 1870–1927

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Dorian Gray revisited

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William Blake in Manchester

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Mervyn Peake in Lilliput

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Beardsley’s Salomé

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Clark Ashton Smith book covers

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Hugh Ferriss and The Metropolis of Tomorrow

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Petrucelli’s Christmas

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The art of Stella Langdale, 1880–1976

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The Age of Enchantment: Beardsley, Dulac and their Contemporaries

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The poster art of Richard Amsel

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Family Dog postcards

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Cain’s son: the incarnations of Grendel

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“Weirdsley Daubery”: Beardsley and Punch

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Winsor McCay’s Hippodrome souvenirs

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The art of Jessie M King, 1875–1949

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Lussuria, Invidia, Superbia

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The art of George Sheringham, 1884–1937

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Golem

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The art of John Bauer, 1882–1918

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Gods’ Man by Lynd Ward

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The art of Bob Pepper

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Architectural renderings by HW Brewer

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The art of Andrey Avinoff, 1884–1949

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Howard Pyle’s pirates

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The art of John Austen, 1886–1948

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The art of Patten Wilson, 1868–1928

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Fantastic art from Pan Books

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The poster art of Bob Peak

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The Illustrators of Alice

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Revenant volumes: Bob Haberfield, New Worlds and others

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Fantazius Mallare and the Kingdom of Evil

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HP Lovecraft’s favourite artists

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The Decorative Age

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The art of Erik Desmazières

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Images of Nijinsky

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The World in 2030

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Wladyslaw Benda

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The art of Virgil Finlay, 1914–1971

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The art of Harry Clarke, 1889–1931

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Constructive Cover Designing

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Bibliothek des Hauses Usher

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Things

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Roger Dean book covers

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Essex House book covers

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Vintage Mishima

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MC Escher book covers

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HPL in France

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Invisible Cities: Miscellanea

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La Bibliothèque de Babel

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Philippe Caza covers

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Moravagine book covers

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In Homage to Priapus

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Acid covers

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Morning of the Magicians book covers

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Doctor Moreau book covers

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Harry Willock book covers

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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City of Night by John Rechy

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Tom Adams book covers

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Mati Klarwein book covers

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Alembic and Ligier Richier

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Covering Joyce

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The Eighth Court

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On self-imitation

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In the Key of Blue by John Addington Symonds

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Design as virus #15: David Pelham’s Clockwork Orange

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Tentacles #1: The Boats of the ‘Glen Carrig’

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Chute libre science fiction

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Books Borges never wrote

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L’art dans la décoration extérieure des livres

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Recovering Viriconium

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Covering Viriconium

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Ray Bradbury, 1920–2012

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La Morphine by Victorien du Saussay

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Amy Sacker, book designer

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The Courts of the Feyre

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Edward Gorey book covers

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Klaphek versus Ballard

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Ed Wood’s Sleaze Paperbacks

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John Holmes, 1935–2011

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Wroblewski covers Burroughs

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The fantastic and apocalyptic art of Bruce Pennington

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Polish Book Cover Contest Winners

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Carl Corley

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Designs on Kafka

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Art Deco bindings

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Wildeana #4

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Gilded volumes

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Forbidden volumes

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Beardsley’s Rape of the Lock

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The art of scent revisited

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The House of Orchids by George Sterling

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Hand bookbindings

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Alexandre de Riquer book covers

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More decorated books from the Netherlands

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Contemporary bookbindings

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Sherbert and Sodomy

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Margaret Armstrong book designs

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Bradley does Beardsley

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Peter Edwards times two

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More science fiction covers

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The Art of Fontana Modern Masters

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Nabokov book covers

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Netherlands decorated books

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March of the Penguins

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Science fiction and fantasy covers

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The art of Ed Emshwiller, 1925–1990

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The King in Yellow

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Samuel Beckett and Russell Mills

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Penguin science fiction

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Ma Petite Ville

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Groovy book covers

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Bugger Boy

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Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick

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Alan Aldridge: The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes

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Ronald Searle book covers

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The faces of Parsifal

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The monstrous tome

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Reynard the Fox

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The New Love Poetry

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Phallic worship

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The art of Ian Miller

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Recovering Bond

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Old book covers

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Pasticheur’s Addiction

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Arthur Machen book covers

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Repackaging Cormac

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Ballantine Adult Fantasy covers

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The World’s Greatest Detective

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Dorian Gray revisited

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Beardsley’s Salomé

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Clark Ashton Smith book covers

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James Bond postage stamps

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Stevenson and the dynamiters

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Decorated Russian book covers

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Russian book jackets, 1917–1942

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Penguin Labyrinths and the Thief’s Journal

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Kafka and Kupka

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Philip José Farmer book covers

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Crossed destinies revisted

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Jack Kerouac book covers

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Wanna see something really scary?

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The art of Bob Pepper

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Philip K Dick book covers

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Masonic fonts and the designer’s dark materials

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Boys Own Books

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Penguin designer David Pelham talks

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Fantastic art from Pan Books

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Penguin Surrealism

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Hospital by Toby Litt

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Cormac McCarthy book covers

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Crossed destinies: when the Quays met Calvino

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Revenant volumes: Bob Haberfield, New Worlds and others

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Thomas Allen’s paperback art

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Perfume: the art of scent

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City of Spades

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DIY aesthetics

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Penguin book covers

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Dorothy Parker

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War of the Worlds book covers

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JG Ballard book covers

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William Burroughs book covers

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Czech book covers

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The Absolute Elsewhere

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The Hetzel editions of Jules Verne

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Gay book covers

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