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Dover's Cabinet of Curiosities

They go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or Vampires and bloody marys.  Edgar Allan Poe with frightful illustrations by Golden Age master Harry Clarke is the perfect marriage.  Clarke’s style embodies the dread and horror of Poe’s classic stories. 

These images are from the Calla Editions version of Tales of Mystery and Imagination, originally published by Tudor Publishing in 1933. The book features some of Poe’s most famous stories including “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”,  “Ligeia”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and more. Order it here.

Are you watching PBS’ The Paradise? The Victorian-era takes center stage in this story of ambition set in a glamorous English department store. What was America wearing? Find out with this beautiful pictorial archive of vintage photographs taken during the

Trick or Treat?  In 1959, I think you’d be safe with either answer.  Nowadays, Louis Slobodkin’s fun and quirky tale about Professor Purple inviting a bunch of trick or treaters (who are unaccompanied by adults) into his house for a magic show doesn’t sound like a children’s book anyone wants to read.  The parents don’t even realize the children aren’t around until 6 pages before the book ends.  Probably not the best message to send around at Halloween…

Regardless of it being a bit of a time-capsule Slobodkin’s art is still fun.  Slobodkin is best known for his art in the Newberry award-winning The Hundred Dresses and here he dresses the kids in somewhat strange costumes as Hobgoblins and Brownies.

Published by Macmillan in 1959.

The Walking Dead's fifth season premiere arrived this past Sunday, and with Zombies in the October air we felt now is a good time to post some shots from Dover's Zombies Stained Glass Coloring Book.

Illustrated by Mike Dutton, this book is sometimes zany, sometimes funny but thoroughly creepy.  Color this one wearing a mask and plastic gloves!

Who’s your favorite sitcom TV mom? Mine was Claire Huxtable. A quote from The Cosby Show: “How about getting in the car to go to work and discovering that your daughter’s understanding of the word “empty” means, “I’ll just park the car over here and Mom will fill it up?” 

Two fascinating new illustrated books that trace the evolution of Manhattan; one tells the story with maps, the other with an architectural slant that chronicles the frenetic growth of New York City from Wall Street at the end of the Revolutionary War to Harlem at the turn of the twentieth century.

Jazz Age French fashion for the flapper in you!

Here’s a winning endorsement for any book character.  The So-So Cat.  This cat, he’s not great, he’s not bad… he’s so-so. 

The titular character’s name in Edith Thacher Hurd and Clement Hurd’s book is actually derived from being “so big and so, so black that he was called the So-So Cat.”  It must have played better in 1964.

As Halloween is fast approaching, we thought that despite the so-so title Hurd’s woodcut illustrations were quite lovely from this out-of-print title.  Published by Harper & Row in 1964 for the so-so price of $2.92 (?)

Images and sounds from the past…some nice reviews of 2 of our more recent piano scores from - The syncopated music of Dana Suesse, dubbed “The Girl Gershwin” by the media in the 1930s, plus our fascinating collection of music from the silent film era.

On this day in 1931, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, was published. It was her last major work, considered by many to be her best.

Dover’s collection of Virginia Woolf books can be found here