Welcome to lllustrated Books

Welcome to illustrated-books


The Hunting of the Snark, Mervyn Peake My Years With Churchill Homes and Halts of Luther Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets First Edition An Enormous Yes in memoriam Philip Larkin The Leopard by Guiseppe Di Lampedusa first edition


Roald Dahl The MinpinsIllustrated Books is for book collectors and people who love illustration, children’s picture books, artwork, fine printing, typography, art and design.

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

Boy's Own Paper April 1959Many 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.

Our illustrated bookshop displays the range of books we currently have for sale. Our book news has articles and information that we hope you will find of interest.

and those producing great artwork today

A House in the Woods, written and illustrated by Inga MooreInga 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.

Artists’ Books and Lithography

High Street, Eric Ravilious

High Street with lithographs by Eric Ravilious is one of the most highly regarded illustrated books of its time. Produced in London in the 1930s it captures the atmosphere of an era. View this book.

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. Rare books such as The Matchlock Gun illustrated by artist Paul Lantz.

Hand-drawn lithography is still a printing technique used by artists and illustrators today. Read our article on the beauty of hand-drawn lithography.

See our Japanese woodblock prints.

Hokusai, Mt. Fuji in a snowstorm, woodblock print

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The Patchwork Cat, Nicola BayleyIllustrator Nicola Bayle’s has produced some of the most beautiful children’s picture books. View this book in our shop.

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Illustrated books, posters and collectables

The Wander Society




“I believe that the right books come to you at a time when you are ready to read them.”
Keri Smith