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Rare collector’s books of international interest from 1850 - 1950. We buy and sell. Fine condition paramount.

We specialise in art books, architecture and design books, gift books, photo books and children’s books. Our stock is selected from around the world and includes limited editions, original photographs, drawings, watercolours, paintings, and ephemera. At Rare Illustrated Books, we see books as beautiful, tactile objects, as wondrous amalgamations of art & design. Our philosophy is focused on promoting the book as a work of art.

Founded in 2001, Rare Illustrated Books has grown to become one of the best-known specialist dealers in the Southern Hemisphere. We enjoy close working relationships with our clients, private collectors, libraries and institutions, and relish the opportunity to find books, expand libraries, and offer guidance in relation to restoration, conservation and insurance. Rare Illustrated Books is a Sydney based firm.

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Princess Cover Papers Windsor Locks, CT: C.H. Dexter and Sons, n.d. circa 1895 Trade catalogue: from the paper mill of C.H. Dexter & Sons, established in the early 1800s, with examples of nineteen colour paper samples, beautifully illustrated in the style of art nouveau. Stationery fetish aside, this is an important document in the development of printing history, with historical and cultural significance. Quarto, bound in pictorial wrappers, sewn, original ties intact. rubbed on rear panel and nicked at edges, a very good copy indeed, clean and unmarked within.
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[HORTICULTURAL CATALOGUE & PRINTER’S SAMPLE] Illustrated Seed Catalogue & Garden Guide
London: Geo.[rge] Bishop, Horticultural And Commercial Printer, 1895. Attractive dummy catalogue from horticultural printers, George Bishop, issued as promotional material to develop new custom. This is an actual horticultural catalogue with detailed botanical information with the lithographed wrappers, a sample to show to prospective customers the fine quality of their printing and the high style of their design work. Interesting both from a printing point of view and from a botanical perspective, not to mention its beauty. A lovely copy of a scarce item.
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[Catalogue of Paintbrushes] Vereinigte Pinsel-Fabriken | 1922 | Catalogue D
[Catalogue of Paintbrushes] Vereinigte Pinsel-Fabriken | 1922 | Catalogue D Published in Nuremberg by Vereinigte Pinsel-Fabriken, 1922. Ernest Nister. An exhaustive trade catalogue distributed by the Vereinigte Pinsel-Fabriken (United brush factory) in Nuremberg, 1922. 75 illustration plates of the highest quality chromolithographs document all manner of brushes, with a special concentration on paintbrushes and other artists tools. Housed in smart card covers with simple gilt-lettering, this is a stylish publication and a work of art in its own right.
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[Yamana, Ayao] Kafee Baa Kissaten Kokoku Zuanshi; If it is a cafe, it will be here.
First Edition: published in Tokyo by Seibundô, Shôwa 5, 1930. Ayao Yamana (1897-1980) Japanese artist, graphic designer and illustrator largely responsible for the elegant look and style of Shiseido cosmetics. Hundreds of art deco designs for tea rooms, bars and cafes created by Yamana early in his career, prior to his appointment as the art director of Shiseido. This beautiful portfolio of Yamana’s early work introduces a modified deco aesthetic. The height of chic graphic design: remarkable, ephemeral, rare, complete.
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[POTET, L. Robert] La Couleur dans l'Histoire du Costume L'Antiquité: Civilisations Extreme-Orientales
First edition: published in Paris by Èdition l'Officiel de la Couleur, 1952. A bright and colourful album featuring the traditional costumes of China, Mongolia, Manchuria, Japan, Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. The album reflects contemporary French interest in the culture and costumes of Vietnam, with separate, detailed chapters on Cochinchina and the provinces of Tonkin and Annam. Limited first edition of 1000 numbered copies, signed by the artist.
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