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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.


Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. Octavo. (8.3 x 5.8 inches). Illustrated with 12 full page mono plates by the author. A bright and clean copy finely bound in recent full black morocco leather. Spine with five raised bands, th...

From Paul Foster Books



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

Probably 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 h...

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Robin Hood: a Collection of all the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, now extant relative to that celebrated English Outlaw. To which are prefixed Historical Anecdotes of his Life by [BEWICK] RITSON, Joseph (1752-1803)

London: William Pickering, 1832. First Edition thus. Cloth. Fine. First Pickering Edition (second edition overall; first published 1795), complete in two volumes. 8vo: viii, [2], [v]-cxxxv, [1],148; vi,261,[1]pp, with numerous woodcut illustrations (eac...

From Fine Editions Ltd


SHUNGA. [Pillow Book] Chinese Erotica - Hand-Painted Scenes of Erotic Positions

1910. IN GOOD++ CONDITION. Circa 1910? Accordian folding book, measuring 4-1/4 inches tall, by 2 inches wide, with 24 folding panels, depicting 6 hand-painted, ink and watercolor scenes of graphic, erotic sexual positions. The male genitals are not ex...

From Monroe Bridge Books, SNEAB Member


Uncle Tom's Cabin by Stowe, Harriet Beecher [Cruikshank, George]

London: John Cassell, 1852. First Cruikshank Edition . Leather Bound. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. George Cruikshank. Fine frontispiece of author and Twenty-Seven Illustrations on wood by George Cruikshank. Good brown ha...



Le imagini de i dei de gli antichi nelle quali si contengono gl'idoli, riti, ceremonie, & altre cose appartenenti alla religione de gli antichi by Cartari, Vincenzo

First ILLUSTRATED edition. Very good copy. Very scarce Valgrisi edition. Complete [36], 566 [i. e. 560] pp. 88 full-page engraved copperplates. Ex libris. Few contemporary marks/annotations. ...

From Caelestica Rare Books


[Gravure] Frontispice pour Le Con d'Irène [épreuve d'artiste signée] by Bellmer, Hans - [Louis Aragon]

Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1952. Estampe. Illus. by Hans Bellmer. Très bon. Aucune reliure. Signé par l'illustrateur. Ed. originale. 32,5 x 25 cm (feuille), 16,5 x 12 cm (sujet). Rare épreuve d'artiste, tirée sur v&ea...

From Des livres autour (Julien Mannoni)


Fairy Tales By Hans Andersen (Signed, Limited Edition, Unopened, In Original Box, With Original Dust Jacket Flaps) by Andersen, Hans Christian; Illustrations And Prefatory Note By Arthur Rackham

London: George C. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1932. First Edition Thus . Hardcover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. 288 Pp. White Parchment Covers (Often Mistaken For Vellum), Gilt. #391 Of A Limited Edition Of 525 Copies, Signed By Rackham. A Very Near Fine...

From Arroyo Seco Books



NEAR FINE: LOOKS NEW!! BY DR.SEUSS, Hardcover,Random House (Beginner Books) NY 1958 FIRST EDITION-6 th Printing, 1958, 61 pages, illus. 24 cm. Educational edition published by HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY, BOSTON, Has Clean 61 pages, No Markings, No Tears, N...



Blueberries For Sal by McCloskey, Robert

FIRST EDITION, 18TH IMPRESSION THUS, THE VIKING PRESS, 1948. Blue cloth boards. Used. Not an exlib item. Good minus Condition/ No Dust jacket included. Mildew damage to top of front and back boards. No musty smell. Please see our photos. Solid binding, i...

From Mary Riversong


Maidens Fair by Harrison Fisher

Dodd Mead, New York, 1912. Later Edition. Hardcover (Printed Boards). Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Harrison Fisher. Size: Large Book - between A4 and A3. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and high...

From Mr Pickwick's Fine Old Books


Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered into English Verse by Edward FitzGerald with an Accompaniment of Drawings by Elihu Vedder by Khayyam, Omar; Edward Fitzgerald (trans)

Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company. Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1884. First Edition Thus. First Printing. Hard Cover. First, Limited Edition of 100 copies, of which this is No. 22, signed by Vedder, with ornamental title page and 56 mag...

From Round Table Books, LLC


Beaux-Arts Des Modes. Modèles Originaux 1925 by ATELIER BACHROITZ

[Paris]: 1925. folio. 40 x 30 cm. pp. 4. 60 pochoirs of women’s dresses and coats. original wrs. (worn)...

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


Rare Universal Self Instructor 1882 Illustrated Very Good Condition 798 Pages by Albert Ellery Berg

1882. Hardcover. Very Good. Original 1882 rare book 798 pages - Universal Self Instructor Illustrated. ...

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