10/22/2010 12:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Halloween Books: Rare Books About Spiders, Scorpions, Ticks And Other Beasts

With Halloween nearly upon us, the time has come for Booktryst to feature some scary rare books. An online exhibit created by the W.E.B. Du Bois Library of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst was meant to celebrate the beauty of insects and arachnids, as shown in rare books from the 16th through 19th centuries. But if the image at the opening of this post gave you the shivers you're not alone. The number one phobia in the United States, affecting 50% of women and 25% of men is Arachnophobia, the irrational fear of spiders, scorpions, ticks, mites, and other eight-legged creepy-crawlies.

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