Categories for Illustrated Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

The Knave of Hearts Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

  • Jul 17, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to hear the truth of an old legend that has persisted wrongly through the ages;
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First Editions, Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Aubrey Beardsley’s Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur

  • Jul 10, 2013

I’ve mentioned more than once the influence of Aubrey Beardsley on the artists featured in this miniseries – e.g., Kay Nielsen (see “Tales from the Old North”) and Harry Clarke…
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Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Alice in Wonderland, Illustrated by Salvador Dalí

  • Jul 3, 2013

Little known fact: Lewis Carroll paid for the printing of Alice in Wonderland himself.   Surprisingly, this isn’t actually all that unusual when it comes to illustrated titles published in…
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Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries, Rare Books

E.A. Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, illustrated by Harry Clarke

  • Jun 26, 2013

I’ve always had a hazy kind of affection for Edgar Allan Poe. His stories are strange and rich; his poems are satisfyingly moody. (He was also my middle school’s namesake…
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Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Gustave Doré: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  • Jun 19, 2013

In the mid- to late-19th century, there emerged a publishing practice of “gift books.”  These editions were elaborately bound and often extensively illustrated.  Usually published in the fall – with…
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Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Chris Van Allsburg’s Sleight of Hand

  • Jun 12, 2013

More than 25 years ago, a stranger named Harris Burdick entered the offices of a well-respected children’s book editor named Peter Wenders. Burdick explained that he had written 14 stories,…
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Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Kay Nielsen’s East of the Sun, West of the Moon

  • Jun 5, 2013

Nearly all fairy tales start the same way: Once upon a time.  There are plenty of variations on this theme, of course. Personally, I like: In a time when wishing still…
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Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of

Timlin: The Ship that Sailed to Mars

  • May 27, 2013

It is a truth universally acknowledged that people who work in a rare book gallery are nerds. Over time, this nerdiness is inexorably expanded – or exacerbated, depending on your…
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