“Then you must lay your finger, the same that wore the ring, upon the thread, and follow the thread wherever it leads you.”

“Oh, how delightful! It will lead me to you, grandmother, I know!”

“Yes. But, remember, it may seem to you a very roundabout way indeed, and you must not doubt the thread. Of one thing you may be sure, that while you hold it, I hold it too.”

The Princess & The Goblin (1872) by George Macdonald

from Chapter 8 of The Princess and Curdie, illustrated by Charles Folkard

Curdie opened the door—but, to his astonishment, saw no room there. Could he have opened a wrong door? There was the great sky, and the stars, and beneath he could see nothing only darkness! But what was that in the sky, straight in front of him? A great wheel of fire, turning and turning, and flashing out blue lights!

Ed: On the whole, I think Folkard’s line drawings far superior to the color plates in his edition of The Princess and Curdie, and this one might be my favorite of all.

Challenge Your Shelf March Day 12: Hardback 

When looking through my bookshelf, I realised that I don’t own all that many hardbacks - at least not ones that haven’t appeared elsewhere (x, x, x, x). This one, however, is one of my absolute favourites: Novalis’ (Friedrich von Hardenberg’s) Works.* 

Novalis is one of the more influential (though, it seems, lesser-known) German Romantics, a contemporary of both Goethe and Schiller, who, together with his friend Friedrich Schlegel, is responsible for producing some of the main theoretical and poetological works of Early Romanticism. The Romantic Golden Age, the mysterious blue flower, and the hero-poet’s path of coming into his own are all motifs that make an appearance in his works, particularly in his unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen. Novalis also wrote poetry, but since he died early at 28 years of age, a majority of his works was published posthumously by his friends Friedrich Schlegel and Ludwig Tieck. 

*I might have to get another edition at some point, though, as this one does not include his letters, diary and most of his theoretical notes. 

(And yes, that is totally the guy in my userpic on my main.)