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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.



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

$12,000.00


Vingt-cinq costumes pour le théatre. [Twenty-five costumes for the theatre] ; Préface par Edmond Jaloux by George Barbier

Paris: Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927. First Edition. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs signed by leading French art deco designer George Barbier (1882-1932). Portrait frontispiece of Barbier by his friend and rival Charl…

From Rare Illustrated Books

AU$5,250.00


A collection of emblemes, ancient and moderne: quickened with metricall illustrations, both morall and divine: and disposed into lotteries, that instruction, and good counsell, may bee furthered by an honest and pleasant recreation. by Wither, George (1588-1667)

London: Printed by A[ugustine]. M[athewes]. for Henry Taunton, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, 1635. 1st Edition . Full leather. Near Fine. Passe, Crispijn van de (c.1565-1637); Marshall, William (active 1617-1650). First…

From Lyppard Books

£5,950.00


Zathura: A Space Adventure. by VAN ALLSBURG, Chris

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg on the title page. First edition / First printing. Black cloth spine, navy paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket.…

From Orpheus Books

$125.00


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

€45,000.00


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

AU$55,000.00


The Art of Holly Hobbie: drawing on affection. by Hobbie, Holly.:

New York, Random House, 1986.. 2nd impression of the first edition. The artist's first collection of watercolours, superbly illustrated throughout. Through a personal selection of her paintings, she affectionately chronicles the life of her growing famil…

From Jef Kay

£90.00


ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. --- & ---THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE. by CARROLL. LEWIS. (The Rev Charles Dodgson). ; Tenniel. John. Illustrates

Macmillan & Co. London. 1927 and 28. TWO VOLUMES. Reprints of the 1907 and 1908 Miniature editions. 8vo, (6.1 x 4.3 inches). Both volumes are beautifully Illustrated throughout, with forty-two and fifty line engravings respectively, by John Tenniel. Tiss…

From Paul Foster Books

£975.00


THE PROPHET. by GIBRAN. KAHLIL

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

£6,500.00


The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry

United Kingdom: Hand and Flower Press, 1940. Ghost story where the reader is challenged to determine if the protagonist, a nameless governess, is reliably reporting events or instead is some kind of neurotic with an overheated imagination. The Colophon st…

From Ariel Books

$320.00


Dans le sillage d'Ulysse by Bérard, Victor

Album Odysséen. Photographies de Fred. Boissonnas. 1ère édition. 8 pp. + 265 héliogravures + 1 folding map h.t. 26,4x22,5 cm. Librairie Armand Colin, Paris, 1933. --- (...) Les photographies qui sont reproduites dans ce volume sont l'oeuvre de Fréd…

From Pelargos Bookstore, MBS

€800.00


PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS. by RACKHAM. ARTHUR. Illustrates; BARRIE. J. M

Hodder & Stoughton. London. 1906. FIRST EDITION. 4to. (10.2 x 7.7 inches). Illustrated with a colour frontis and forty nine full colour plates, all mounted onto thick art paper pages at back of book, each one with a printed tissue guard. Decorative endpa…

From Paul Foster Books

£1,450.00


A Child's Garden Of Verses, Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1905 by Stevenson, Robert Louis

Used. Stevenson, Robert Louis: A Child's Garden of Verses, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. 1905, Charles Scribner's Sons. FIRST EDITION THUS. VG/Good- original dust jacket. RARE THUS. A nice, solid copy. …

From Mary Riversong Books

$1,500.00


THE TEMPEST by SHAKESPEARE, William (Arthur RACKHAM)

London & New York: William Heinemann Ltd. & Doubleday, Page & Co., [1926]. First Edition. Hardcover. Contents are bright and fresh. The vellum spine is slightly darkened with a small stain at the top; the boards are soiled with a few small stains on the …

From Charles Agvent

$2,187.50


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. by AUSTEN. JANE. ; BROCK. C. E. Illustrates

Macmillan and Co. London. 1899. Early edition, reprint of the first Brock edition which was issued in 1895. 8vo. (7.9 x 5.5 inches). Forty full page illustrations by Brock. Tissue paper guard over frontis is a bit foxed otherwise a very good bright copy …

From Paul Foster Books

£675.00


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