History of Books and Printing

Illustration Techniques

Woodblock printing

Collection of original printed leaves from herbals, 1485-1590

Original leaf from the Nuremberg Chronicle

Giovanni Ramusio, Navigationi et viaggi (1556)

Septenario al gloriosissimo patriarcha señor S. Joseph (1726). Examples of early Mexican woodblock and copperplate printing.

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896). William Morris / Kelmscott Press.

Taos Wood Blocks Collection, 1924-1982. Original blocks and prints.


Copperplate Engraving

Hans Vredeman de Vries, Opticae, sive, Perspectivae (1647)

Sanctum provinciale concilium Mexici... (Mexico City, 1622). Engraved title page.

Sacrosancta theologia universa (1738). German emblem book.

Sebastian Izquierdo, Practica de los exercicios espirituales de nuestro padre S. Ignacio (Mexico City, 1756). Spanish emblem book. 

Copper plate.  Teaching kit.


Wood Engraving

The Fables of Aesop (1823). Example by Thomas Bewick, inventor of technique.

Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven (1884). Illustrated by Gustave Doré.

Fernando Gamboa Collection of Prints by José Guadalupe Posada, 1888-1944

Mexican Chapbook Collection, 1880-1967

Harper's Weekly. 19th-century American illustrated periodical.

Engraved wood block.  Teaching kit.



Lord Kingsborough, Antiquities of Mexico (1831-48)

David Roberts, The Holy Land (1842-49)

Atlas pintoresco é histórico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (1897)

Latin American Sheet Music Collection. Various early 20th-century examples.

Sam L. Slick Collection of Latin American and Iberian Posters, circa 1970-2000

Charles Hullmandel, The Art of Drawing on Stone (1824) and A Manual of Lithography (1821). Two of the earliest works in English on lithography.

Thomas Barker, Forty Lithographic Impressions from Drawings (1813). The most substantial album of early English lithographs.



William Pyne, The History of the Royal Residences... (1819). Extremely fine examples.

Henry Salt, Twenty Four Views Taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India... (1809). Very large examples.

William Combe, The Life of Napoleon (1815) and The Tour of Dr. Syntax (1823)

Humphrey Repton, Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1803)


Steel engraving

Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz (1839)

W. M. Thackeray, The Virginians (1857-59)

Fables of La Fontaine (1841) and Les fleurs animées (1860s). Illustrated by J. J. Grandville.

Eminent Authors and Poets: Steel Plate Portraits (1880s)

Original steel plate.  Teaching kit.



Cuba Chromolithographs Collection, 1900-1904

Illustrated London News, Jubilee Number, 1897. Special edtion for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.



Homes of American Statesmen (1854). First American book illustrated with a photograph.

Sun Pictures of Rocky Mountain Scenery (1870)



Twenty-two original pen-and-ink illustrations for James Hilton's Goodbye, Mr. Chips (ca. 1930)