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Vathek illustrated


Frontispiece, 1815. Engraved by Isaac Taylor after a drawing by Isaac Taylor Jr. After some time Vathek and Nouronihar perceived a gleam brightening through the drapery, and entered a vast tabernacle carpeted with the skins of leopards; an infinity of elders with streaming beards, and Afrits in complete armour, had prostrated themselves before the ascent […]

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Salammbô illustrated


Salammbô by Alphonse Mucha (1897). Alphonse Mucha’s gorgeous rendering of Flaubert’s Carthaginian heroine isn’t included in the many illustrated editions at this Salammbô site but plenty of other adaptations are. Examples range from faithful renderings by George Rochegrosse and Mahlon Blaine to drawings which are less successful or even downright bad. Also included are panels […]

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Weekend links #7

The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (and sporting my design inside and out) is now in print. The grotesque creatures on the jacket and inside are from a celebrated set of prints by Arent van Bolten. • More VanderMeeria: my cover for Jeff’s novel Finch continues to garner attention. Artist […]

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The art of Mahlon Blaine, 1894–1969


Nova Venus (1938). I doubt that illustrator Mahlon Blaine featured in any of the scurrilous porn books in Franz Kafka’s collection—he would have been too young, for a start—but his erotic work isn’t so far removed from some of the artists of The Amethyst and Opals. As usual with obscure talents of this period it’s […]

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The illustrators archive


Previous posts about illustrators. • Italian villas and their gardens • De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal • Hugo Steiner-Prag’s The Ancestress • John Batten’s Indian Fairy Tales • The art of Erhard Amadeus Dier, 1893–1969 • Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Ghostly Ballads • The art of Alan Odle, 1888–1948 • Harry Clarke and others in The Studio • […]

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