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Rare Book Arts Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

Book arts go far beyond the cover art on the dust jacket. Words are not the only kind of content in books, and illustrations, photographs, and inserts are just a few of the differing types of artistic expression that can be found in books. The bindings and and typography of books are also considered book arts, as are zines and how-to guides. Fore-edge paintings, or the illustrations that can be found on the very edges of the pages themselves, are an excellent example of book art. Additionally, books that are bound in unusual materials, such as jewels or even human skin, can be considered book art.

And of course, unique books like miniatures are also some of the best-known examples of collectible book art. Handcrafted or hand-painted illustrations almost always raise the value of books, and they can be a fun and vibrant addition to any collection.

Spiegel der waren Rhetoric by Friedrich Riederer

Freiburg im Breisgau: Friedrich Riederer, 11 December 1493. – First edition. The first complete rhetoric in German. Friedrich Ried(e)rer's (c. 1450-c. 1510) work has to be esteemed as a landmark in the domain of rhetoric. Comprising ars rhetorica, ars d...

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


La Sombra del Aguila [Napoleonic Age] by Ediciones Dos Amigos. Perez-Reverte, Arturo

Buenos Aires: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 1991. One of 30 copies, all hors commerce, each numbered and signed by Samuel Cesar Palui, Ernesto Lowenstein and Ruben R. Lapolla, this copy #12, all on velin d'Arches paper. Page size: 15 x 11 inches; 14pp. Bound: lo...

From Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.


A Place to Be. Words and Images by Eugenie Torgerson by Torgerson, Eugenie

Niles, MI, 2010. Unique artist's book, the first of two in a series, comprising lidded outer box with inner, removable open box, visible through small window, inner box with five accordion books with poems and digitally-printed photograph and collaged ph...

From Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.


Tabernacle. by [Circle Press] Ron King

London:: Circle Press,, 2001.. Edition of 50. 33 x 23 x 23 cm, seven-drawer black cabinet. Designed to celebrate seven generations of printing in the King family. Case I: "Hole", a bound book with verse, graphics, and history concerning the...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


Fragments of Light 5. Translation by Zahra Partovi. Sculpture by Linda Schrank by FitzGerald & Co., Vincent. Rumi, Jalaluddin Mohammad

New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 2010. Artist's book, one of 35 copies, all on clear acrylic tiles, each signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon page. Page size: 9-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches folding to 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches, 32 slats (tiles) for...

From Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.


The Oil Spill. by Simmons, Rachel

Orlando, Florida:: Rachel Simmons,, 20010-2011.. One-of-a-Kind. 14" x 10" x 6" closed, 28" x 10" x 3" extended. Accordion fold structure. Letterpress printed using French Clarendon typeface. Arches Cover paper and Japanese p...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


Delirium. by [Korf, Kumi] Bhisham Bherwani

Ithaca, New York:: Olive Branch Press,, 2014.. Edition of 10. Four 31 x 19" prints folded to form four sections of 8 pages, 7.75 x 9.5". Each section slips into an accordion binding. Colophon constitutes the end page. Intaglio prints. Letterpre...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


John Milton Paradise Lost Gold Scroll by Terrance Lindall

This is the 46 inch version limited to 100 copies, signed and numbered in gold ink. twenty of which have been sold. Shipped rolled. Copies are now in some of the world's foremost collections including: 1) Huntington Library in California, Gift Purchased b...

From WAH Center


QVINTI HORATII FLACCI OPERA by Pine, John [engraver]: Horace

Londini: Aeneis Tabulis incidit Johannes Pine, 1733. Two volumes. [30],264,[2]; [22],191,[15]pp. Large octavos (22.5 x 14.5 cm). Full early 19th century gilt red morocco, a.e.g., rebacked to style at a later date, backstrips gilt extra. Frontis in each...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


The Book-Hunter in London : Historical and other Studies of Collectors and Collecting. ; The Book-Hunter in Paris : Studies among the Bookstalls and the Quays. [bookhunter] by Roberts, W. (William), 1862-1940. & Uzanne, Octave, 1852-1931. [Preface By Augustine Birrell]

London : Elliot Stock, 1895 ; 1893., 1895. Fine. [1st edition], 334 pp. (The Book-Hunter in London) ; [1st English edition], xxv, 232 pp. 31 cm. (The Book-Hunter in Paris) ; both volumes heavily illustrated ; OCLC: 317856824 ; OCLC: 256180 ; FINE copies...

From Joseph Valles - Books


Un jardin au bord de l'eau. Gravure en maniere noire de Judith Rothchild by Verdigris Press. Temple, Frederic Jacques

[Octon, France: Verdigris press, 2008. One of 40 copies, from a total issue of 50, all on Hahnemuhle paper, each signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, Judith Rothchild, and initialed by the author on the colophon. Page size: 11-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches;...

From Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.


The Miracles of Our Lord by Humphreys, Henry Noel

London: Longman & Co, 1848. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. iv,(1),31,(2)pp. Thirty-two pages are chromolithographed by Humphreys, in addition there is a leaf of the illuminator' s remarks and one comprising an index of the miracles. B...

From Thorn Books


Nacre. Six Poems by Ruth Fainlight. Eight Mezzotints by Judith Rothchild by Verdigris Press. Ruth Fainlight

Octon, France: Verdigris Press, 2010. First Edition, signed limited edition, one of 42 copies only, from a total edition of 50 (8 deluxe copies with one of the original copper plates) all on Hahnemulhe paper, each hand-numbered and signed by the author, ...

From Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.


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


Harpel's Typograph or Book of Specimens by Harpel, Oscar H

Cincinnati: Published and Printed by the Author, 1870. First Edition. Boards. Good. Octavo (9 1/2 x 6 1/2) 252 pages + "Advertisers' Addenda" with color printed advertisements for some of the companies that supplied material for making the book. There ar...

From Caravan Book Store


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