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London to Ladysmith (Via Pretoria). Winston S. Churchill. Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd., London, 1900. First English edition.
The first of two Boer War volumes derived from young Winston’s newspaper dispatches as a war correspondent, featuring a thrilling account of his escape from the Boers, an escape that helped launch his political career. Striking cover illustration of the infamous armored train that Churchill was defending when he was captured.
70’s HP Lovecraft paperback cover from Ballantine art by John HomesMy introduction to the truly weird. My dad always had these editions laying around and I loved staring at them even before I could read.
Michael Whelan, 1982
A Daughter Of The South. A War’s-End Romance. George Cary Eggleston. Illustrated by E. Pollak. Boston: Lothrup Publishing Co., (1905). First edition. Original dust jacket.
The hero is a man engaged in the dangerous business of purchasing cotton in the blockaded South, and bringing it to Northern markets. The heroine is a damsel in distress — a French girl from New Orleans — whom he finds hiding in a swamp and rescues from starvation and other perils.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Robert Browning. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Frederick Warne & Co, Ltd., London, n.d., c.1880.
They fought the clogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats,
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.
On this day in 1818, Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England — the fifth of the six Brontë children, three of whom will grow up to write fiction.
“I have to remind myself to breathe — almost to remind my heart to beat!”
―Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë