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A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Dickens, Charles

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1934. #1459 of 1500 copies printed and SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR Gordon Ross. Near Fine, a sca...

$750.00
The Arabian Nights:  Their Best-Known Tales

The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales by Wiggin, Kate Douglas (editor) ; Smith, Nora A. (editor)

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards rubbed, front cover illustration . scratched, bookseller's ti...

$100.00
Pinocchio

Pinocchio by C. Collodi

Published by Garden City Publishing Company, New York: 1932. 8vo. 1st thus. No dustjacket. This hardcover in original blue cloth...

£125.00
POEMS

POEMS by Tennyson, Alfred

First illustrated edition, 21.5 x 16cm (4to), in publisher's green ribbed-morocco grain cloth w/gilt urns & elaborate emboss...

CAD $2,260.00
The House At Pooh Corner

The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

Published by Methuen & co. London in 1928. 8vo. This smart first edition is in Very Good+ condition. Bound in the original salmo...

£1,350.00
SHUNGA.  [Pillow Book] Chinese Erotica - Hand-Painted Scenes of Erotic Positions

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...

$750.00
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia Rendered into  English Verse by Edward FitzGerald with an Accompaniment of Drawings by  Elihu Vedder

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. 1884. First Edition Thus. First Printing. Hard Cover. Fi...

$18,000.00
Now We Are Six

Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne

Published by Methuen & co. London in 1927. This is a Fine example of this classic children's first edition. Tightly bound in it'...

£1,200.00
Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam (Ownership Signature Of Noel Langley)

Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam (Ownership Signature Of Noel Langley) by Khayyam, Omar [Translated By Edward Fitzgerald], With Ownership Signature Of Noel Langley

London [circa 1920]: Hodder & Stoughton, 1920. Early Reprint . Blue Cloth, Gilt. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 20 Color Plates...

$545.00
Fables of Aesop

Fables of Aesop by [Calder, Alexander, illus.] Aesop

Paris: Harrison of Paris. Minton, Balch and Company, New York, 1931. First edition thus. Original Illustrated paper covered boa...

$2,750.00
Gulliver

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Extremely rare edition with illustrations by J. Sherman Cooke. I believe this would be a "First Thus" as this was previously pu...

$100.00
Idylls Of the King

Idylls Of the King by Tennyson, Alfred Lord; Illustrated By Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

New York & London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1911. Bound in royal blue cloth with elaborate gilt design and titling, rear cover ...

$350.00
ROMEO AND JULIET. Shakespeare

ROMEO AND JULIET. Shakespeare's Tragedy of by SHAKESPEARE. WILLIAM. ; HATHERELL. W(Illiam). R. I

Hodder & Stoughton. London. ND. 1912. FIRST HATHERELL EDITION. 4to. (9.9 x 7.6 inches). Beautifully illustrated with 22 fin...

£400.00
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald with illustrations by Edmund Dulac.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. by FITZGERALD, Edward, [translator],

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909. First edition thus. Hardcover. [1909]. Folio. Limited edition #350 of 750 copies signed b...

$1,200.00
FAUST. By Goethe

FAUST. By Goethe by Clarke, Harry [ illustrator]

New York: Dingwall Rock Ltd., 1925. Quarto. Quarter gilt vellum and paper over boards, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Color frontis,...

$1,500.00



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.

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