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Illustrated Books


Please be aware that the Illustrated Books Collection is currently unavailable. It will be available again when it is settled in its new home. We don’t yet have a date for this.

To find out how to make an appointment to access the Illustrated Books Collection look at the Using the Collections web page.

A collection of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century books notable for the quality of their illustrations.

The collection represents a wide variety of techniques and styles. Included in it are books illustrated by woodcuts, chromo lithography & photography. Illustrators include George Cruikshank, Walter Crane, Gustave Dore and more contemporary artists represented by Ralph Steadman, Quentin Blake, etc.

It includes award-winning examples of children's picture books from many countries. A number of versions of "Alice in Wonderland" are included to show different illustrative styles. The collection includes a number of Arthur Rackham's illustrations for childrens fairy tales. Amongst the more modern examples of works for children are some "pop-up" books by Jan Pienkowki and works by Nicola Bayley, Alan Aldridge, etc.

Our children's literature has recently benefited from an additional 280 items donated by the reviewer Jake Hope.  A library catalogue  keyword search using "Jake Hope" will list all of these items.

Top Search Tip!  (Collection currently Unavailable)
The Illustrated Books Collection can be selected from the Collections drop-down menu on the library catalogue. Try a keyword search "Rackham" to list all the items in this collection using this illustrator, or "Alice" to retrieve all our illustrated versions of  "Alice in Wonderland".