Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Among the Gibjigs





















These 3 illustrations and page of text are from a weird children's fantasy book from 1881 written by Sydney Hodges and illustrated by Horace Petherick. The entire book can be found at the Google library along with a downloadable pdf file (with art) of the book. These are the kind of books you hope to stumble upon when digging through old bookstores or libraries. Filled with some truly weird and disturbing imagery, such as the human headed lizards sneaking out of the bushes above, this book and the similar "Among The Woblins" posted below are well worth checking out.






























































Among The Woblins...





















Written by Sydney Hodges and illustrated by Horace Petherick, released in 1883. This children's fantasy tale concerns surreal scenes of giant ogres and birds, beaked figures resembling characters out of Max Ernst's Une Semaine De Bonte and other fantastic imagery. Online pages can be found at the George A. Smathers Libraries. To download a complete pdf of the book including all illustrations visit the google library here. I've included some of my favorite illustrations from the book below. I only skimmed through both books but they appear to take place in the same fantasy world with the scene of the army of monsters appearing near the end of both books.






6 comments:

brainbomb said...

i have been to the link for gibjigs/wobins but am unable to view book or find pdf link?what am i doing wrong?

Aeron said...

The navigation arrows for the book are near the top of the screen menu on the google library page. The link to the pdf file can be easy to miss, it's in the upper right hand corner. Hope that helps.

brainbomb said...

still no luck...dont know if its a mac problem or what. i will have to admit defeat

Aeron said...

I'n on a mac myself so that can't be the problem. Could be a browser issue? I'm running firefox. Anyway, here's the direct link to the pdf files..

http://books.google.com/books/pdf/Among_the_Woblins.pdf?id=-_cBAAAAQAAJ&output=pdf&sig=2M-RFBQQ4QmTiaqnKi3DNrpJ-_Y


http://books.google.com/books/pdf/Among_the_Gibjigs.pdf?id=kPkBAAAAQAAJ&output=pdf&sig=vjKr6Vz79goLff6fWwy7on_5t00

Let me know if that works.

brainbomb said...

thanks for links...still no joy,just tells me 'was not found on this server.',, i am also running firefox,,,,uk thing? I dont know. anyway tanks for you time and keep up good work , ts one of my most visited sites

Anonymous said...

It seems that the "Woblins" PDF is no longer available at Google. A pity: it looked interesting.


Mark