December 27, 2006

A Houseboat on the Styx

Doesn't this book have an amazing cover?



The title is not metaphorical; the story is actually about a houseboat on the River Styx, a houseboat populated by all the great thinkers from Diogenes to Confucius to Doctor Johnson...

We wants it.

UPDATE: As Tim points out in the comments, the book can be read for free as "etext" from Project Gutenberg. First chapter: Charon Makes a Discovery...

Posted by Dr. Frank at December 27, 2006 07:01 AM | TrackBack

You can read it for free at Project Gutenberg.

Posted by: Tim at December 27, 2006 08:24 AM

Very cool.

Here is a larger image of the cover:

From this page:

The illustrator of the cover was probably one Peter Newell, who did the interior illustrations. Some of Newell's work here:

Book Illustrations in the era from about 1880 to about 1940 were so unbelievably good compared to what we have now.

Posted by: Lexington Green at December 27, 2006 08:42 PM

You can buy it for a little over 4 bucks plus shipping. Here's a link to one of over 500 such copies online:

Posted by: Don at December 28, 2006 03:33 AM