The Victrola Book of the Opera (1913)

First published in 1912, this is the second edition of what would, by 1976, become a series of thirteen separate, and ever-expanding, versions of a wonderfully illu…more

Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote (1867)

From whole multi-paragraph excerpts to single lines, this wonderful little book dedicates itself, as the title declares, to presenting the wit and wisdom to be foun…more

Walter Crane’s Painting Book (1889)

Long before the current craze for adult colouring books came this 19th-century painting book from one of the finest contributors to the Golden Age of illustration….more

Books and Bookmen (1886)

Best known for his work collecting of folk and fairy tales, this is the Scottish writer Andrew Lang’s treatise on all things bookish….more

A Pamphlet on Verdi (1901)

A small pamphlet (in the series “Little journeys to the homes of great musicians”) on the life of the Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi, beginning with a fictionalise…more