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Rare Book Arts Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

Book arts go far beyond the cover art on the dust jacket. Words are not the only kind of content in books, and illustrations, photographs, and inserts are just a few of the differing types of artistic expression that can be found in books. The bindings and and typography of books are also considered book arts, as are zines and how-to guides. Fore-edge paintings, or the illustrations that can be found on the very edges of the pages themselves, are an excellent example of book art. Additionally, books that are bound in unusual materials, such as jewels or even human skin, can be considered book art.

And of course, unique books like miniatures are also some of the best-known examples of collectible book art. Handcrafted or hand-painted illustrations almost always raise the value of books, and they can be a fun and vibrant addition to any collection.

The Notebook of Elbert Hubbard by Elbert Hubbard; The Roycrofters

New York: Wm. H. Wise, 1927. First Edition. Stiff wraps. Near fine. A gorgeous letter press first edition by the Roycrofters. Green and tan stiff paper wraps, tied with green ribbon, and titling in red on cover. Ornate orange drop caps with black type, ...

From Uncommon Works, IOBA


Spiegel der waren Rhetoric by Friedrich Riederer

Freiburg im Breisgau: Friedrich Riederer, 11 December 1493. – First edition. The first complete rhetoric in German. Friedrich Ried(e)rer's (c. 1450-c. 1510) work has to be esteemed as a landmark in the domain of rhetoric. Comprising ars rhetorica, ars d...

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


WHITE HYACINTHS by Hubbard, Elbert

East Aurora, New York: The Roycrofters, 1907. Book. Illus. by Gasparo. Very Fine. Hardcover. 1st.Edition, 1st. Printing 1907,Hardcover decorative boards with suede leather spine with stamped title glided , glided top stain page edge.First page of the book...

From GibbsBooks


The Book-Hunter in London : Historical and other Studies of Collectors and Collecting. ; The Book-Hunter in Paris : Studies among the Bookstalls and the Quays. [bookhunter] by Roberts, W. (William), 1862-1940. & Uzanne, Octave, 1852-1931. [Preface By Augustine Birrell]

London : Elliot Stock, 1895 ; 1893., 1895. Fine. [1st edition], 334 pp. (The Book-Hunter in London) ; [1st English edition], xxv, 232 pp. 31 cm. (The Book-Hunter in Paris) ; both volumes heavily illustrated ; OCLC: 317856824 ; OCLC: 256180 ; FINE copies...

From Joseph Valles - Books


La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts by Arnoult, Léon

Léon Arnoult: La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts. Les phases ornamentales de la mode (The variability of taste in the arts. The ornamental phases of fashion). Printed and published by Devambez "À l'enseigne du masque d'Or". Paris, 1921. ARNOULT Léon...

From Zikorn


Portfolio A Magazine of the Graphic Arts 1951 by George S. Rosenthal & Frank Zachary, Editors; Alexey Brodovitch, Art Editor

Zebra Press. Softcover; Good (spine backstrip/cover portion missing & exposed with staples showing; heavy edgewear; wear to covers, with light soil; heavy foxing on page 1 (title pg); otherwise, binding is tight & interior pages are in excellent condition...

From Roberta's Books


Exlibris Japan: An Introductory Handbook to the Bookplates of Japan by Parfit, Cliff

Tokyo: Nippon Exlibris Association. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by the author on a front flyleaf. Gray cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine. Printed sheet from The English Centre, Shimonoseki, Japan, ...

From Old Saratoga Books



Paris: Henri Floury, 1924. [5],88,[1] leaves. Octavo. Decorated wrappers. Frontis and 88 leaves of designs, printed on rectos only. Endleaves foxed, wrappers cracked at spine, with small chip at crown, otherwise very good. First edition, limited issue. O...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB



New York: George H. Broughton Jr. Calumet Press. Very Good. 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Limited edition of 250 . Light blue paper covered boards with white cloth spine. Front cover has a paper paste-on label. Deckle page edges. Inscribed "Compl...

From Nick Bikoff, Bookseller


Thomas Berthelet, Royal Printer and Bookbinder to Henry VIII. King of England. With special reference to his bookbindings. by DAVENPORT, Cyril

Chicago: Caxton Club, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. 4to. 102pp. With 18 plates including 10 in color and in gilt. 5 illustrations of identification marks or seals are printed on tissue and inserted into the text. Partially uncut pages. Re-backed preser...

From Robert McDowell Antiquarian Books


Two Hammered Copper LION's Head Bookends ( Book Ends ) by No Author

Canada: No Place: No Publisher, no Date ( Vintage ), 1st Edition ----------2 bookends, looks like hammered copper, metal is non-magnetic so i am assuming copper (certainly these are copper in appearance), both are lovely examples with very nice lion'...

From Leonard Shoup


Morte D'Arthur by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Elaborately decorated (illuminated) in colours and gold on unopened art paper of 24 printed pages. Overall size c.10.1/2 x 8. inches. c.26.5 x 20.5 cm. Edition deluxe bound in full vellum with gilt design and lettering on upper cover and titled on spine, ...



A Place to Be. Words and Images by Eugenie Torgerson by Torgerson, Eugenie

Niles, MI, 2010. Unique artist's book, the first of two in a series, comprising lidded outer box with inner, removable open box, visible through small window, inner box with five accordion books with poems and digitally-printed photograph and collage...

From Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.


Liber Librorum. 5000 Jahre Buchkunst. Ein geschichtlicher Überblick (3 Bde.) by Vervliet, Hendrik D. L

Genf: Weber, 1973. zus. 545 S.; mit zahlr. farbigen u. SW-Abb.; Einführung von Herman Liebaers; den 3 Hauptkapiteln entsprechend aus Gründen der Handlichkeit von professioneller Hand (Buchbindemeisterin Frida Schoy, zuletzt Essen) in 3 Einzelb&a...

From Versandantiquariat Rainer Kocherscheidt


[Bodoni] Songe de Poliphile, Vol I - II. by [COLONNA, FRANCESCO]

1811. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volumes 4to , XI, 190 pp; [4], 198 pp. Untrimmed in publisher's orange boards (covers foxed). Rare Bodoni rendering of Hypnerotomachia, loosely translated by J. G. Legrand (first edition Didot, 1804 ). 300 copies printed. B...

From Leopolis


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