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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, ABAA, ILAB


While The Clock Ticked by Dixon, Franklin W


From Mary Riversong Books


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 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. Bound in …

From Thorn 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


John Milton Paradise Lost Gold Scroll by Terrance Lindall

This is the 46 inch version limited to 100 copies, signed and numbered in gold ink. twenty of which have been sold. Shipped rolled. Copies are now in some of the world's foremost collections including: 1) Huntington Library in California, Gift Purchased b…

From WAH Center


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


The Fables of Aesop. by AESOP

ILLUSTRATED WITH 66 POCHOIR WOODCUTSThe Fables of Aesop. Printed from the Veronese Edition of MCCCCLXXIX in Latin Verses and Italian Version by Accio Zucco, with the Woodcuts Newly Engraved and Coloured After a Copy in The British Museum. (With) The First…

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.


The Instinct Never Dies (with Bateman signed letter) by Bateman, Ed W

First edition. Quarto, full limp cowhide. One of the finest and rarest of Texas imprints, and one that has been referred to as the 'black tulip' of western fine printing. Of legendary rarity and highlighted in Al Lowman's The Printing Arts in Texas, this …

From Boojum and Snark 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


Loba Part II by Di Prima, Diane

Pt. Reyes CA & Kathmandu, Eidolon Editions, 1976, center-stapled trade paperback (10" x 7.25"), 16 pp. printed on one side only, First Edition, First Printing, limited to 550 copies, Very Good condition in illustrated wraps. Straight, tight and clean, lig…

From West of Eden Books


THE SECRET CARNIVAL. A Pop-up book. by RUSSELL. DAVID. ( Explicit erotica )

Hobart and Maclean. London. 1988. LIMITED EDITION. 4to. (12.3 x 8.3 inches). One of 20 de luxe copies, this number 13, signed and with an original watercolour by the artist loosely inserted and bound in red, from a total edition of 320 copies, the remain…

From Paul Foster Books


How to Paint Signs and Sho' Cards by Matthews, E.C

J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company. HARDCOVER. 1/1/1920. Copyright, 1920, by J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company. Black cloth boards with gold title on spine but not cover, gold gilt page edges, 70 pages plus ads, first page is the title page, looks like first…

From BayShore Books LLC


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. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. [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 …

From Joseph Valles - Books


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