This is another wonderful, beautiful artifact that you can get on ebay or amazon’s rare book search for not a huge amount of money (between $25 and $250). It’s a great gift if you know someone with goth sensibilities…
The font is elegant, the paper is rich (though it isn’t buffered and can develop mold or attract worms, which is appropriate for this book)…
I love the way the cover is done; it’s a separate piece of paper pasted onto the front board. Simple, elegant, beautiful.
“Avast there a bit, I say, and tell us who the devil ye all are!”
You are probably concluding that I like art deco and am an Aubrey Beardsley fan. If you are, you are so right.
“In his toilsome journey to the water, his fears redouble within him”
There are some color plates as well, but the black and white ones are my favorites.
If you don’t like old books, there is a 2008 reprint out from Calla Editions, which is often less expensive than the older edition (~$25). If you’re looking for an older edition on Ebay, make sure it’s the John Little and Sons edition from 1923-1933 (there are various editions and the prices range fairly steeply based on age)
And, it just so happens that I have a copy sitting right here, which someone pasted an “ex libris” into and then tore off, which has a label on the spine (also torn off) and is in what I’d call “not quite giftable condition”
If any of you in the commentariat would like it, or know someone who needs a copy, I’d be happy to hear your reasons and we’ll collectively decide who gets it, or if it stays on my shelf without human hands to love its pages.