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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 PROPHET. by GIBRAN. KAHLIL

Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. Octavo. (8.3 x 5.8 inches). Illustrated with 12 full page mono plates by the author. A bright and clean copy finely bound in recent full black morocco leather. Spine with five raised bands, th...

From Paul Foster Books

£4,750.00


$320.00


Honzo Zufu: Tsubaki by Kan'en Iwasaki

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 c...

From Florilegius

$800.00


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 CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK by Dr. SEUSS

NEAR FINE: LOOKS NEW!! BY DR.SEUSS, Hardcover,Random House (Beginner Books) NY 1958 FIRST EDITION-6 th Printing, 1958, 61 pages, illus. 24 cm. Educational edition published by HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY, BOSTON, Has Clean 61 pages, No Markings, No Tears, N...

From RB BOOKS

$229.34


Fairy Tales By Hans Andersen (Signed, Limited Edition, Unopened, In Original Box, With Original Dust Jacket Flaps) by Andersen, Hans Christian; Illustrations And Prefatory Note By Arthur Rackham

London: George C. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1932. First Edition Thus . Hardcover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. 288 Pp. White Parchment Covers (Often Mistaken For Vellum), Gilt. #391 Of A Limited Edition Of 525 Copies, Signed By Rackham. A Very Near Fine...

From Arroyo Seco Books

$3,250.00


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


[Gravure] Frontispice pour Le Con d'Irène [épreuve d'artiste signée] by Bellmer, Hans - [Louis Aragon]

Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1952. Estampe. Illus. by Hans Bellmer. Très bon. Aucune reliure. Signé par l'illustrateur. Ed. originale. 32,5 x 25 cm (feuille), 16,5 x 12 cm (sujet). Rare épreuve d'artiste, tirée sur v&ea...

From Des livres autour (Julien Mannoni)

€2,200.00


The Happy Prince. Oscar Wilde. Hand coloured, Printed and Bound by Mikhail Magaril. 1997 by Oscar Wilde

Wilde. Oscar, The Happy Prince. Preface by Morris Jacobs, illustrated by Mikhail Magaril. New York, Summer Garden Editions, 1997. 1st Edition, Fifty copies of this book were printed. The edition is hand coloured, bound and signed by the artist & Morri...

From Roz Hulse

£900.00


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 engraved copperplates. Ex libris. Few contemporary marks/annotations. ...

From Caelestica Rare Books

€2,500.00


Yearbook Of The United States Department of Agriculture, 1897 by U.S. Department Of Agriculture

U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, D.C, 1898; First Edition; 8vo, 792 pages; illustrated; blue cloth; gilt titles; embossed front board seal. Beautifully illustrated with seven striking full-page color lithographic plates by D.G. Passmore of grapes...

From AARDWOLF Fine Books

$145.00


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


Homo anatomicus or zodiac man from a French book of hours. by [Hardouin Brothers]

Paris: Hardouin, 16th century. Single leaf from a French book of hours, printed on vellum and hand illuminated (185 x 115 mm). Professionally mounted, framed and glazed using archival materials. On the recto, a depiction of the "anatomical man" as a skel...

From Alembic Rare Books

£1,000.00


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 panels, depicting 6 hand-painted, ink and watercolor scenes of graphic, erotic sexual positions. The male genitals are not ex...

From Monroe Bridge Books, SNEAB Member

$750.00


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