The Fakenham Ghost

The Fakenham Ghost: A True Tale Taken from [Robert] Bloomfield’s admired Rural Poems Published by W. Darton, 58 Holborn Hill, [London], [1813] On one of the blank pages between the text I found the name and date of birth of a presumed previous owner:   And some of her scribbles:  

Jane and Eliza

Many years ago, visiting the Rare Books Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., I came upon this chapbook for children. I immediately fell in love with it and its crude, fascinating woodcuts. I knew I wanted to own my copy, but how can you find another copy of a flimsy little children’s…

Interview with The Illustration Dept.

Here’s my interview with Giuseppe Castellano at The Illustration Department, in which we chat about children’s books, Bosch, Giotto, Maurice Sendak, comic strips, Lane Smith, Alessandro Sanna, etc.