Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx

Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx

Illustration By Tom Kidd

Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Tom Kidd.

Important Note #1: There are very slight flaws in the paper of some of the books, which are being sold in "as is" condition.

Important Note #2: There is a limit of one set per person/household, so if you've ordered one, please do not order another.

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be publishing signed limited editions of Josiah Bancroft’s beloved series, The Books of Babel, with the first two installments (Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx) due to be published simultaneously as separate books, but sold only in pairs.

Important Note #3:

  • Ordering the first pair of novels will give you access to the exclusive preorder period for books three and four. (We aim to publish them simultaneously as well, if circumstances allow.)

Our editions will be: 

  • Oversized.
  • Printed in two-colors throughout.
  • Featuring full-color dust jackets and four full-color interior illustrations per book by Tom Kidd.
  • We’re still working on details for the lettered editions, but they will be special, we assure you.

Each set will contain a matched numbered or lettered copy of both Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, volume one):

While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife, Marya.

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Thomas Senlin, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, is drawn to the Tower by scientific curiosity and the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The luxurious Baths of the Tower seem an ideal destination for a honeymoon, but soon after arriving, Senlin loses Marya in the crowd. Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress.

But if he hopes to ever find his wife, Thomas Senlin must do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.


Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel, volume two):

The adventure continues!

Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship. Senlin’s search for his lost wife continues, even as her ghost hounds his every step. But the Tower of Babel proves to be as difficult to reenter as it was to escape.

While searching for an unguarded port, Senlin encounters the camp of Luc Marat, who seems equal parts bandit and humanitarian. One thing is for certain: his asylum for the downtrodden hods is not as peaceful as it appears.

In desperation, Senlin turns to the mysterious and dangerous Sphinx, with whom Edith shares a terrible bond. They discover the Sphinx’s help does not come cheaply. 

Senlin is soon faced with an impossible choice between his friends, his freedom, and his wife.

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies, two book set

Lettered: 26 signed, specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase, two book set



Tom Kidd
Josiah Bancroft
United States
Out of Print