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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


The Miracles of Our Lord by Humphreys, Henry Noel

London: Longman & Co, 1848. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. iv,(1),31,(2)pp. Thirty-two pages are chromolithographed by Humphreys, in addition there is a leaf of the illuminator' s remarks and one comprising an index of the miracles. B...

From Thorn Books


The Happy Prince. Oscar Wilde. Hand coloured, Printed and Bound by Mikhail Magaril. 1997 by Oscar Wilde

Wilde. Oscar, The Happy Prince. Preface by Morris Jacobs, illustrated by Mikhail Magaril. New York, Summer Garden Editions, 1997. 1st Edition, Fifty copies of this book were printed. The edition is hand coloured, bound and signed by the artist & Morri...

From Roz Hulse


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


Homo anatomicus or zodiac man from a French book of hours. by [Hardouin Brothers]

Paris: Hardouin, 16th century. Single leaf from a French book of hours, printed on vellum and hand illuminated (185 x 115 mm). Professionally mounted, framed and glazed using archival materials. On the recto, a depiction of the "anatomical man" as a skel...

From Alembic Rare Books


What the Owl Said by Cortese, James

Newark, VT: Janus Press, 1979. Limited Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Van Vliet, Claire. 4to. 28 pp. Handbound in light brown Belgian linen with illustration of owl in flight printed across front and rear covers, brown paper spine label. Illustrat...

From Garnet 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



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


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


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


THE PAPER-MAKING MACHINE Its Invention, Evolution and Development by Clapperton, Robert H

Pergamon Press, Great Britain, 1967. First Edition. . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. B&W Illustrations; DJ is somewhat browned and has minimal wear ot esges/corners. Overall, a nice presentation. Dust Jacket protected In mylar. Classic. Books on Bo...

From Old Bag Lady Books



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


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, ...



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