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Illustrations are a natural accompaniment to the written word. Ancient Egyptians illustrated the papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead that they would bury with mummies. Early in the 13th and 14th Centuries, monks dutifully reproduced holy books and often added elaborate pictures in ink and gold leaves. Similar to the history of bookbinding, the more modern tradition of book illustrations began with wood boards and block printing. As technology advanced and as Gutenberg introduced the world to typography and the printing press, illustrated books grew in number and popularity. In addition to wood boards, steel-engraving and lithography also became widely accepted methods for illustration. And of course, photography was introduced to the literary world in the 19th Century when photos could be reproduced in books.

Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite

Edited by Sebastian Brant. Basel: Michael Furter, XII. kal. octobris (= 20 September) 1496. First Latin edition.The legend of a Swiss saint and the foundation of Einsiedeln Abbey. This small incunable contains the account of the life of St. Meinrad of Ein...

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


Just as the swineherd was taking the eighty-sixth kiss" by RACKHAM, Arthur,artist

[n.p.]: , 1932. A Superb Original Arthur Rackham Watercolor Drawing RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939). "Just as the swineherd was taking the eighty-sixth kiss." [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1932]. Original pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing for the color plate facing p. ...

From David Brass Rare Books, Inc.


Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album by NOVELLI, Francesco

Probaly Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe, by the Italian artist Francesco Novelli. Francesco Novelli (1767-1836), one of the preeminent artists of hi...

From Rare Illustrated Books


Ubu Roi. Lithographies originales de Joan Miró. by Jarry, Alfred (1873-1907); Miró, Joan (1893-1983)

Paris: Tériade éditeur, 1966 In-folio (422 x 322 mm). (ENGLISH DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST). 13 lithographies originales à double page en couleur de Joan Miró. En feuilles, couverture originale imprimée, chemise e...

From Louis Caron


Moby Dick by Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell [Illustrations]

New York: The Lakeside Press, 1930. First Edition Thus. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. Three volumes in publisher's acetate jackets, in aluminum slipcase. Presentation copy signed by Rockwell Kent on the front free...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Grapes and Grape Vines of California (3 Plates) by Bosqui, Edward

Own a piece of history...three of the original chromolithograph prints from "Grapes and Grape Vines of California" by Edward Bosqui, the Johannesburg Riesling (the most desirable of all), The Zinfandel, and the Sultana. There might have been a total of 2...

From Cabin of Curiosities


The Highgrove Florilegium

London:: Addison Publications Ltd for The Prince's Charities Foundation., 2008 Fine, 2 vols, limited edition of 175 numbered sets, 124 coloured plates. In half red goatskin over red marbled boards. Spines, raised bands, gilt tooling, titles in gi...

From Madoc Books (ABA-ILAB)


The Wind in the Willows by GRAHAME, KENNETH

London: Methuen, 1931. Number 46 of 200 copies on hand made paper. Signed by Grahame and Shepard. One quarter green buckram over gray boards with paper label to spine. Cream dust jacket with navy lettering. Dust jacket has slight sunning to the rear panel...

From Contact Editions


The Ladies' Flower-Garden [Includes: Ornamental Annuals; Ornamental Bulbous Plants; Ornamental Perennials; British Wild Flowers; Ornamental Greenhouse Plants. by LOUDON Mrs [Jane, formerly WEBB] 1807-1858

London: 113, Fleet Street.: William Smith , 1840 VG+, 5 volumes in 6, 1840-1860, 304 (complete) hand coloured plates, depicting 1,582 flowers! Ornamental Annuals, 1840, 1st ed, 48 pls (hand coloured), lacks half title, [5], (viii-xvi), [1], (ii-i...

From Madoc Books (ABA-ILAB)


The Fairy Books: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive and Lilac by Lang, Andrew [Editor]

London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1910. First Edition. Very Good. First edition. Andrew Lang's Color Fairy Books, complete in twelve volumes, all first impressions of the first edition: Blue (1889), Red (1890), Green (1892), Yellow (1894), Pink...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Journal des Dames et des Modes 1912 by T.A. [Tommaso Antogini]

First edition of all 79 issues, complete with 186 hand-coloured pochoir engravings after fashion plates by some of the greatest artists of the era. Number 742 of only 1250 sets on Holland paper (out of a total edition of 1279). Complete set of this styli...

From Florilegius


Ingeborg-Psalter by Anon

Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1985. Hardcover. Fine. Fine condition two volumes in slipcase. Complete color facsimile edition of the 394 pages (197 folios) in original size (304 x 204 mm). The manuscript contains 51 full page miniatures wi...

From Karl Books


Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Perrault, Charles

London: Cyril Beaumont, 1918. Tijtgat, Edgard. Octavo. (iii), 16, (1+16)ff., frenchfold. From an edition of fifty copies, this is one of ten printed on chine and signed by the artist. This is the story of Little Red Riding Hood, with woodcut text and ill...

From Bromer Booksellers



Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. 8vo.(8.3 x 5.7 inches). Illustrated with 12 mono collotype plates by the author. Fine and clean throughout, with many gatherings still unopened. An unread copy. Original black cloth with gilt ...

From Paul Foster Books


The Aeropleustic Art, by Pocock, George

[London: W. Wilson for Sherwood and Co., 1827]. First edition. latest. Quarto. [2], 51, [1]pp. Engraved title with hand-coloured aquatint vignette and three hand-coloured aquatints by P. Roberts; after Thomas Buttersworth and Samuel Colman. . Later quart...

From Kevin F. Kelly, bookseller LLC


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