The History of Illustrated Books – Part 1 – Quarto IROur collection of books illustrated with original photographs is among the largest and most important in the world. Before the invention of photo-mechanical processes which allowed images to be produced in ink as part of the printing process, many books were illustrated with original photographs pasted in alongside the text. With advances in printing technology in the s this labour-intensive practice began to decline, although books illustrated with original photographs continued to be produced well into the 20th century. This method of illustration also proved popular for the reproduction of works of art, as well as for medical and scientific texts. The ongoing Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books provides a more detailed listing of this material and contains images from a number of the volumes included. A selection from these collections can also be viewed on the Online Gallery. Published books can be ordered for study in our reading rooms.
Based in Amsterdam, Giljam has been representing artists and designers for years, finding them commercial work and producing t-shirts, posters, and other hip products. These illustrated books definitely fall on the side of monographs, featuring the work of a single artist without any overt narrative structure. But these daily activities were part of a larger project that helped her examine exactly how, and what, she consumed, and in doing so makes readers think about their relationships to the objects they buy. For me, this is the essence of a strong illustrated book: the visuals provide a point of entry into subject matter that reaches well beyond a single artist or designer. My shelves teem with traditional monographs, from Charles Burchfield to Taryn Simon. But does the world need another retrospective book of Picasso or Van Gogh?
Extra-illustrated books are published texts that have been made into a unique copy by a former owner through the permanent addition of prints, autographs, letters, etc. Typically, the additions are mounted on additional leaves, and the book is rebound to accommodate its increased thickness. Extra illustrations primarily serve as visual and verbal annotations to a text rather than decoration: the extra-illustrator identifies significant people, places, and things mentioned in the book even if only mentioned in passing , collects related material, and adds it in the appropriate spot. Folger purchased many extra-illustrated books, and the library continues to acquire them. From onwards, leaves containing added material are continuously numbered with one number per leaf or one number per title for titles covering multiple leaves this only rarely happens, e. Multiple titles on the same leaf receive lower-case letter designations, left-to-right, top-to-bottom, immediately after the number.
The illustration of manuscript books was well established in ancient times, and the tradition of the illuminated manuscript thrived in the West until the invention of printing. Other parts of the world had comparable traditions, such as the Persian miniature. Modern book illustration comes from the 15th-century woodcut illustrations that were fairly rapidly included in early printed books , and later block books.
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