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Retromundo

Retromundo by Paolo Gasparini

Original card cover 355 x 270 mm. First edition, 1986. Tremendous design by Alvaro Sotillo with different patterns to symbolize ...

$999.00
Robin Hood: a Collection of all the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, now extant relative to that celebrated English Outlaw. To which are prefixed Historical Anecdotes of his Life

Robin Hood: a Collection of all the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, now extant relative to that celebrated English Outlaw. To which are prefixed Historical Anecdotes of his Life by [BEWICK] RITSON, Joseph (1752-1803)

London: William Pickering, 1832. First Edition thus. Cloth. Fine. First Pickering Edition (second edition overall; first publi...

$1,865.00
Le imagini de i dei de gli antichi nelle quali si contengono gl

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

First ILLUSTRATED edition. Very good copy. Very scarce Valgrisi edition. Complete [36], 566 [i. e. 560] pp. 88 full-page engrave...

€2,500.00
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
P & O Sketches in Pen and Ink.

P & O Sketches in Pen and Ink. by Furniss, Harry

The Studio of Design and Illustration. London. nd. [c.1898] Oblong quarto. 203pp. Pictorial title page signed C. Hentschel. 99 f...

£85.00
Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album

Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album by NOVELLI, Francesco

Probably Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commed...

AUD $64,000.00
Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Stowe, Harriet Beecher [Cruikshank, George]

London: John Cassell, 1852. First Cruikshank Edition . Leather Bound. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" t...

$354.27
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
SHOCKING LIFE

SHOCKING LIFE by SCHIAPARELLI, ELSA

ELSA SCHIAPARELLI: SHOCKING LIFE. LONDON 1954. VERY SCARCE ACTUAL FIRST EDITION.Published by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London (1954)...

$750.00
Maidens Fair

Maidens Fair by Harrison Fisher

Dodd Mead, New York, 1912. Later Edition. Hardcover (Printed Boards). Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Harrison Fis...

AUD $295.00
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
Willy Pogany Book Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Willy Pogany Book Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald

London: George G. Harrap & Co, 1919. Leather_bound. Very Good +/no dust jacket. Willy Pogany. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by ...

£120.00
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
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
The King

The King's Breakfast by A. A. Milne

**Signed by A. A. Milne, E. H. Shepard and H. Fraser-Simson**Published by Methuen, London; 1925. This extremely rare copy of the...

£1,575.00



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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