Welcome to our illustrated bookstore
There is a rich heritage in the world of illustrated books that has evolved since the early publications of Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Kay Neilsen, Edmund Dulac and others.
Since the 1950’s and 60’s the quality of colour printing has improved enormously, allowing illustrators, designers, typographers and printers to produce wonderful artwork, illustrated books, children’s books, beautiful dust-jackets, magazines, posters, collectables and prints – and this continues today.
Those many unknown illustrators
Many illustrators have become famous for their work. However, there are many other illustrators, commercial artists and designers who remain generally unknown. These artists and crafts people have produced wonderful and striking illustrated books. This website celebrates this work.
Shown here is the cover of Boys Own Paper, 1959. This has a wonderful illustration on the cover by an unknown illustrator called ‘Redmill’. View this now.
and those producing great artwork today
Inga Moore is an illustrator working in the UK who has produced a range of wonderful children’s books. These include The Wind in the Willows, A House in the Woods and several more. Her high quality illustration and great story telling produce magical children’s books that are great to collect.
Arthur Wragg – Penmanship, Poverty and War
Illustrated books come in all forms and styles but few break new ground in the way that artist Arthur Wragg’s have done. He is part of a tradition of artists who engage in political and social comment; artists including Hogarth, George Grosz, Dorothea Lange and today Joe Sacco and Banksy.
Artists’ Books and Lithography
The lithographs in High Street were drawn directly on the printing plates by Eric Ravilious. This printing technique has allowed artists and illustrators to create some beautiful picture books, including rare books such as The Matchlock Gun illustrated by artist Paul Lantz.
Eric Ravilious also produced a wonderful set of ten lithographs called ‘Submarine’ in the 1940s. These prints and the history of their development are told in great detail in the book Ravilious Submarine.
Hand-drawn lithography is still a printing technique used by artists and illustrators today. Read our article on the beauty of hand-drawn lithography.
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“I believe that the right books come to you at a time when you are ready to read them.”
Keri Smith, ‘The Wanderer’.