Arabian Nights – Edmund Dulac

The Guardian UK recently did a feature on the illustrations from The Arabian Nights, so we thought as we return to our weekly Public Domain Hour we would start with a collection of downloadable illustrated editions from Walter Paget, Maxfield Parrish, and Edmund Dulac.

Download the PDFs here:

The Arabian nights (1907) Illustrated by Walter Paget

The Arabian nights : their best-known tales (c1909) Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Stories from the Arabian nights (1907) Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

Or see our favorite (Edmund Dulac’s) in the embedded reader below:

The Devil Makes Three on Daytrotter

For this week’s Public Domain hour we bring you some delightful and FREE music from our friends The Devil Makes Three! This week Daytrotter posted the sessions with The Devil Makes Three, something I have personally been waiting for for a long time. Daytrotter is a studio based in Illinois that records musicians as they pass through the area. The Daytrotter recordings are made with minimal mic’ing, through discrete preamps and with some limiting to the mixing console, where they are printed to 1/4” analog tape running at 15 inches per second (usually BASF 468). The analog master is later transferred to a computer, converted to MP3, uploaded and made available to you for nominal fee of FREE!

Chances are if you are a local Santa Cruz resident, you already know who The Devil Makes Three is… But just in case you’ve missed them over the years, here is a little bit about them! Pete Bernhard, Cooper McBean, and Lucia Torino are The Devil Makes Three, a punk-bluegrass group formed in Santa Cruz, California. The three of them are originally from the east coast, primarily hailing from Vermont. Pete moved west right out of high school with Cooper soon following suit. After first settling Olympia, Washington and playing in an ill-fated band, McBean – who by now had the name of his home state tattooed across his neck – again joined musical forces with Bernhard. In turn, they later teamed with New Hampshire-native and U.C. Santa Cruz attendee Lucia. Since then they have taken the West Coast, especially the Bay Area by storm. You can catch them in Santa Cruz usually twice a year at the Catalyst, or in various other music venues as they tour with their other projects: Pete Bernhard (solo) and Elders.

Okay, so it’s not really public domain, but it IS free!

The Master Key, an Electrical Fairy Tale Founded Upon the Mysteries of Electricity – L. Frank Baum

Every once in a while I look around places like Project Gutenberg aimlessly hoping to find something new and exciting. Working in a bookstore you can sometimes feel like you’ve seen everything out there (even though you know deep down that is impossible). Well, last week was one of those times, and BOY how I was surprised and excited by this find!! There is even a demon of electricity!!

Download it here!

Harper’s Young People: An Illustrated Weekly

One of the best places to go for public domain material is Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books. They have over 30,000 e-books available for free download in the United States, including Harper’s Young People, a weekly illustrated magazine from 1879 and 1880.  below are a series of some of my favorite images from the editions available on the Project Gutenberg site. You can check them all out here.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost

For National Poetry Month, we’d like to share some of our favorite poems with you. Below is my favorite from Robert Frost.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost
New Hampshire
1923

Wilderness by Rockwell Kent

Rockwell Kent is an American artist and illustrator, well known for his paintings, book illustrations (Moby Dick), and bookplates.  What many people don’t know is that he was also an adventurer.  His first book, Wilderness is his account from 1918-19 of adventuring in the Alaskan frontier with his 9-year-old son.  Peppered with beautiful illustrations, this book helped support him on his New Hampshire homestead where he worked to complete a series of paintings from the Alaskan wilderness for exhibition in 1920 at Knoedler Galleries in New York

Below you will find the complete book for download or viewing, but you can also pick up a paper copy here at Logos, along with his illustrated edition of Moby Dick, VoyagingN by E, and The Art of the Bookplate.

Download the book here, or view it below.

Now Available at Logos!
Wilderness
$18.95 Paperback
Rockwell Kent

N by E
$19.95 Paperback
Rockwell Kent

Voyaging: Southward from the Straight of Magellen
$19.95 Paperback
Rockwell Kent

Moby Dick or, The Whale
$14.95 Paperback
Herman Melville, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Rockwell Kent: The Art of the Bookplate
$32.00 Hardcover
Rockwell Kent

Codex Seraphinianus – Now Available for Download

A good friend of mine once showed me some images online of Codex Seraphinianus, the visual encyclopedia of an unknown world created by Italian artist Luigi Serafini.  Approximately 360 pages, Serafini created the codex during 30 months between 1976 and 1978.  The book is filled with beautiful pages of fantastic creatures in an unknown language, and for the first time since it was published it has been released in an affordable format: free.  You can find it on the issuu self publishing site where you can view it and download it, for free.  Paper, out of print editions of this book usually range upwards of $400, so this is truly a gem. I am really very excited about this.

Follow the link to download it, or view it below.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

With the onset of Tim Burton’s film Alice, people seem to be flocking to our store looking for beautiful old illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As a used bookstore, sometimes we can’t always provide the cool old books we would like to. We can only sell you what people sell us. What we can do, is provide you with a nice alternative.  Below you will find the first ever film version of Alice in Wonderland and digital copy of the first edition of Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You can read this online, or download it as a PDF.

Download the video here or watch it below.


Download the PDF here or read it below.