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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 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 (1897),…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

$12,000.00


Vingt-cinq costumes pour le théatre. [Twenty-five costumes for the theatre] ; Préface par Edmond Jaloux by George Barbier

Paris: Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927. First Edition. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs signed by leading French art deco designer George Barbier (1882-1932). Portrait frontispiece of Barbier by his friend and rival Charl…

From Rare Illustrated Books

AU$5,250.00


A collection of emblemes, ancient and moderne: quickened with metricall illustrations, both morall and divine: and disposed into lotteries, that instruction, and good counsell, may bee furthered by an honest and pleasant recreation. by Wither, George (1588-1667)

London: Printed by A[ugustine]. M[athewes]. for Henry Taunton, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, 1635. 1st Edition . Full leather. Near Fine. Passe, Crispijn van de (c.1565-1637); Marshall, William (active 1617-1650). First…

From Lyppard Books

£5,950.00


Zathura: A Space Adventure. by VAN ALLSBURG, Chris

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.…

From Orpheus Books

$125.00


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


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


A Child's Garden Of Verses, Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1905 by Stevenson, Robert Louis

Used. Stevenson, Robert Louis: A Child's Garden of Verses, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. 1905, Charles Scribner's Sons. FIRST EDITION THUS. VG/Good- original dust jacket. RARE THUS. A nice, solid copy.…

From Mary Riversong Books

$1,500.00


Dans le sillage d'Ulysse by Bérard, Victor

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 Fréd…

From Pelargos Bookstore, MBS

€800.00


Gems for the Drawing Room - Fruit and Flowers - Books 1 and 2 by JERRARD, Paul & BAYLEY, J.W.N

London: Paul Jerrard, 1852. First Edition. Mid-nineteenth century opulence: two elaborate Victorian plate books with plates of fruit and flowers complimenting verse, fully printed in gilt. Two folios in original cloth with large colour card onlay on fron…

From Rare Illustrated Books

AU$7,500.00


THE TEMPEST by SHAKESPEARE, William (Arthur RACKHAM)

London & New York: William Heinemann Ltd. & Doubleday, Page & Co., [1926]. First Edition. Hardcover. Contents are bright and fresh. The vellum spine is slightly darkened with a small stain at the top; the boards are soiled with a few small stains on the …

From Charles Agvent

$2,187.50


Kaishien Gaden by [Wang Gai]

Kaishien Gaden (Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden) is an Edo-Era Japanese edition of the very popular Chinese painting guide Jieziyuan Huazhaun by Wang Gai, first published in the Qing Dynasty in China (1701). The manual was reprinted many times from 1748…

From Florilegius

$400.00


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 by [BEWICK] RITSON, Joseph (1752-1803)

London: William Pickering, 1832. First Edition thus. Cloth. Fine. First Pickering Edition (second edition overall), complete in two volumes. 8vo: viii, [2], [v]-cxxxv, [1],148; vi,261,[1]pp, with numerous woodcut illustrations (each tale with head- and …

From Fine Editions Ltd

$1,865.00


The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book by Tolkien, J.R.R

1963 First American Edition, Houghton Mifflin, copyright 1962. ILLUSTRATED BY PAULINE BAYNES. 9th Impression Thus. EXLIB. Good/Good condition unclipped dust jacket. RARE THUS. Original Price $6.95. Please see our photos. Dj now protected by mylar wrap.…

From Mary Riversong Books

$375.00


Picturesque America; or The Land We Live In

A Delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country. With illustrations of steel and wood, by eminent American artists. Edited by William Cu…

From Pelargos Bookstore, MBS

€1,850.00


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