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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.



Zathura: A Space Adventure.
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Zathura: A Space Adventure.

by VAN ALLSBURG, Chris

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As New
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780618253968
ISBN 10
0618253963
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Edmonds, Washington
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$125.00

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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.
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$125.00
Wee Gillis (Caldecott Honor)

Wee Gillis (Caldecott Honor)

by Leaf, Munro

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Used - FINE
Edition
First Printing
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Hardcover
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$225.00

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Viking. First Printing. Hardcover. FINE. Lawson, Robert. English NY, 1938, Viking Cloth spine, 7x10, 72p, DW A Scottish boy who must choose between life in the Highlands stalking stags or in the Lowlands with the kine; his choice surprises both his uncles and us.
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$225.00
Piccolo

Piccolo

by Bettina [Ehrlich]

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Used - FINE
Edition
First printing
Binding
Hardcover
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$200.00

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HarperB. First printing. Hardcover. FINE. Bettina. English NY, 1954, Harper & Bros. Cloth, 4 3/4x4, 64p, DW. A charming little book about a cute donkey, son of Cocolo, who becomes a movie star.
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$200.00
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

by Barrie, J. M. & Hugh Thomson

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Colchester, Connecticut
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$100.00

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UK: Hodder & Soughton. Very Good. N.D.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Twenty tipped in colour plates by Thomson with tissue guards. Ornate gilt decoration on red cloth cover. A lovely vintage (circa 1920 est. ) gift edition. Spine cloth slightly faded with spine bands worn. Nice copy, solidly , bound , clean, unmarked, gilt bright, gently used. Scanned image available. ; Tipped in colour plates; 4to 11" - 13" tall .
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$100.00
Le imagini de i dei de gli antichi nelle quali si contengono gl'idoli, riti, ceremonie, & altre...
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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

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Used - Very Good
Edition
First illustrated
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Uppsala, Sweden
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$2,804.25

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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.
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$2,804.25
The Fairy Books: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive and...
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The Fairy Books: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive and Lilac

by Lang, Andrew [Editor]

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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
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Portland, Oregon
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$13,500.00

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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 (1897), Grey (1900), Violet (1901), Crimson (1903), Brown (1904), Orange (1906), Olive (1907), Lilac (1910). The volumes average in Very Good, with fading to spines, foxing, light edge wear, soiling, or rubbing, bookplates or previous ownership markings, and toning to pages. Tear to cloth at base of spine of The Blue Fairy Book; Inner hinges tender or exposed in the Lilac, Orange and Grey; Corner clipped from front free endpaper in The Lilac Fairy Book. A lovely set Andrew Lang's Color Fairy Books, beautifully decorated in ornate gilt stamping.
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$13,500.00
Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite
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Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite

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First edition in Latin
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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 Einsiedeln. Sebastian Brant's rare Latin edition is based on a 12th-century manuscript. Twenty-one fine large woodcuts illustrate the story of the saint and his martydom. Meinrad became priest and monk on the Reichenau island (Lake Constance), and decided to live as a hermit. First he settled at Etzel Pass, but in 835 he retreated to the 'Finstern Walde' (Dark Forest, in today's canton Schwyz), where he was assassinated by two robbers on 21 January 861. According to the legend, ravens revealed the identities of the murderers, who thus were caught and executed. At the place of Meinrad's hermitage Benedictine monks founded the monastery of Einsiedeln (the name signifying 'hermitage'), whose abbots were elevated to the rank of princes by Rudolf of Hapsburg… Read More
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Art and Letters; an illustrated quarterly.
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Art and Letters; an illustrated quarterly.: Edited by Frank Rutter, Charles Ginner and H. Gilman.

by Art and Letters.

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Used
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First
Binding
Paperback
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southampton, Hampshire
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$496.44

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Volume 1 complete in 4 issues. July 1917 -June 1918. Original wrappers with title and an illustration by Charles Ginner on upper covers. Illustrated by various artists including:- Lucien Pissarro, Walter Sickert, E. McKnight-Kauffer, Paul Nash, Gaudier-Brzeska, J.D.Fergusson, C.R.W.Nevinson, S.J.Pepleo and Nina Hamnett among others. Poems and literature by Herbert Read, Charles Marriott, Laurence Binyon, R.Holbrook-Keen, Geoffrey Whitworth, H.Austin Petch and Vivien Flanders among others. Wrappers slightly soiled and staples rusted o.w in good condition and complete. Very scarce first four separate issues.
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$496.44
ARIOSTS RASENDER ROLAND (Orlando Furioso). Illustrirt von Gustav Dore. Metrisch Übersetzt von...
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ARIOSTS RASENDER ROLAND (Orlando Furioso). Illustrirt von Gustav Dore. Metrisch Übersetzt von Hermann Kurz. Durchgesehen und herausgegeben von Paul Heyse - FOLIO PRACHTEINBAND - ERSTE DEUTSCHE AUFLAGE

by ARIOST (Ludovico Ariosto) - GUSTAVE DORE

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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
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Hardcover
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$800.00

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Breslau: S. Schotlaender, 1880. First Edition . Hardcover. Very Good. Folio. Gustave Dore. Ariosto's deutsche Übersetzung des "ORLANDO FURIOSO" in der Original-Prachtausgabe von 1880. Wunderschöner Belle Epoque Original-Ganzledereinband (33 x 43,5 x 6cm) mit Goldverzierung. Mit 82 ganzseitigen Holzschnitten und über 600 Textabbildungen von GUSTAVE DORE. Einband an den Kanten minimal berieben, sonst schön erhalten, Schnitt golden, innen sehr frisch .- ERSTE DEUTSCHE AUSGABE MIT DEN ILLUSTRATIONEN VON GUSTAVE DORE. FIRST GERMAN EDITION WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS BY GUSTAVE DORE. - FIRST GERMAN DE-LUXE EDITION WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS BY GUSTAVE DORE. Very attractive binding (13 * 17,1 * 2,36 inch) Edges of binding with minor minimal rubbing (please see photograph). Edges of pages gilt. Inside clean and fresh.
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$800.00
Honzo Zufu: Tsubaki
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Honzo Zufu: Tsubaki: (Camellias from Iconographia Plantarum)

by Kan'en Iwasaki

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Used - Very Good
Binding
Paperback
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Tokyo, Japan
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$800.00

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Rare volume on camellias from Kan'en Iwasaki's multi-volume botanical series Honzo Zufu (Iconographia Plantarum), originally compiled in 1828 and later published in 92 volumes. This volume, number 88 in the series, includes 10 pages of text and index of camellia species, and 47 color woodcuts of Camellia japonica varieties.Condition: Washi paper covers scuffed, but interior very clean, strong impressions of color plates with vivid color.Kan'en Iwasaki or Tsunemasa Iwasaki (1786–1842) was a Japanese botanist, zoologist and entomologist. His botanical studies were influenced by Johann Weinmann.
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$800.00
Le Spectacle de la Nature
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Le Spectacle de la Nature: Ou Entretiens sur les particularites de l'Histoire Naturelle qui ont paru les plus propres a rendre les Jeunes Gens curieux, et a leur former l'esprit.

by Noel-Antoine Pluche

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$500.00

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Complete set of this portable edition of Abbe Pluche's popular work on natural history for children, first published in 1732 and reprinted many times. First edition in 12mo, published in An 11 of the French Revolution (1803).With 61 fine copperplates by Jacques de Seve, including 2 frontispieces, 4 folding celestial maps (illustrator). Plates engraved by Duhamel, Letellier, Racine and Bigani. Vol. 1: 359pp, frontispiece, 5 plates of insects and shells; Vol. 2: 300pp, 5 plates of birds, animals, fish and plants; Vol. 3: 353pp, 7 plates of botany; Vol. 4: 336pp, 10 plates of botany and equipment; Vol 5, 347pp, 21 plates of fish, ships and shells; Vol. 6, 344pp, 3 plates of gems and astrology; Vol.7, 364pp, 8 plates (4 folding) of astrology; Vol. 8, 231pp, frontispiece.With half titles, tables of contents and list of illustrations in each volume. Elaborate gilt decorated spines with red title labels and volume numbers. Some scuffing to boards, but interior fresh and all plates present and free of… Read More
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$500.00
Dans le sillage d'Ulysse
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Dans le sillage d'Ulysse

by Bérard, Victor

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Used - Very Good+
Binding
Paperback
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Athens, Greece
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$897.36

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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 Frédéric Boissonnas. C'est avec lui qu'au printemps de 1912, songeant à donner une nouvelle édition de ses Phéniciens et l'Odyssée, Victor Bérard entreprit de refaire le périple d'Ulysse dont, par une patiente étude, il s'était efforcé d'identifier toutes les étapes. Dans cette Méditerranée où rien ne change, il put retrouver intacts les sites et les paysages qui rendaient tout leur sens aux descriptions du Poète. (...)
Jean Bérard
--- Text in french. Captions in ancient greek, translated in french. A spot on front cover. Otherwise the book is fine.
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The HOLY BIBLE Containing the Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorised Version. With...
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The HOLY BIBLE Containing the Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorised Version. With Illustrations by Gustav Dore

by Dore, Gustav; Illustrator

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Used - Very Good
Edition
First Thus
Binding
Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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$2,500.00

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London and New York: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1885. Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament. have separate title pages, are paged separately, and plates are listed separately. Title pages printed in black and red. 3 volumes bound in 2 (968 pages ; pages 969-1116, 188, 346 pages, [238] leaves of plates). Vol. 1. Old Testament. Genesis to Lamentations -- Vol. 2. Old Testament. Ezekiel to Malachi. Apocrypha. New Testament. No date, circa 1885. Two volumes bound in contemporary embossed pebbled calf, backs with five raised bands and gilt lettering, marbled end papers with wide intricate gilt roll-tooled doublures, all edges gilt. Very Good, Vol.I with hinge open at t.p., front joint opening 2" at top edge, 1" tear p.965 at left margin, both volumes with wear at at joints, edges and corner with loss of leather at corners, small tears to calf at spine ends. Still, a solidly bound set with none of the heavy foxing this book is prone to,a quite clean and lovely set, the illustrations… Read More
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$2,500.00
The Children of the New Forest
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The Children of the New Forest

by Captain Marryat

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Used - Good+
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Pumpenbil, New South Wales
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$750.00

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Published by P. R. Gawthorn Ltd., 1950, 1st Edition, 1st Printing. Hardback. Very Good Condition. Illustrated by Savile Lumley. Introduction by Robert Harding. Very good condition. The Children of the New Forest. Romance, Adventure, and Charm, an Enchanting 19th Centure Tale. Blue cloth, writing not faded on the cover. Colored illustrations. 254 pages. Award Statement glued to the first page of the book, dedicated to Antony McCreddin. Spine and corners slightly rubbed. Pages are intact, with no dog ears, ink stains or writings.
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$750.00
A History of the Earth and Animated Nature
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A History of the Earth and Animated Nature: complete 2 vol set

by Goldsmith, Oliver

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Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
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's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
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$560.85

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Goldsmith, Oliver A History of the Earth and Animated Nature. Glasgow, Edinburgh: Blackie and Son, 1852. 2 volumes, 8vo, modern quarter calfBiologie, Geïllustreerd, Geschiedenis, Natuurlijke historie, Ornithologie, Verzamelwerken - Aantal: 2 - Handgekleurde illustratiesObject: Boek (Meer kavels)Aantal boeken: 2Onderwerp: Biologie, Geïllustreerd, Geschiedenis, Natuurlijke historie, Ornithologie, VerzamelwerkenAuteur/ Illustrator: Oliver GoldsmithBoektitel: A History of the Earth and Animated NatureStaat: Zeer GoedPublicatiejaar oudste item.: 1852Druk: Geïllustreerde drukTaal: EngelsOorspronkelijke taal: JaUitgever: Blackie & Son - Queen St Glasgow, Edinburgh, LondonBand: HalfleerExtra's: Handgekleurde illustratiesAfmetingen: 25,5×16 cm- Oliver Goldsmith- A History of the Earth and Animated Nature - Volume 1 and 2 (complete matching & very handsome set, newly bound, very tight)- Blackie & Son Queen St Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, 1852- Vol I; lxii, 564 pp with a portrait frontispiece and a color… Read More
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