History of Books and Printing

Industrial Era

Publishers' bindings, 19th century

James Fenimore Cooper, The Red Rover (1828)

G. A. Henty, Redskin and Cow-Boy (1891)

Left on the Prairie (1896)

Poetical Works of George Crabbe (18--)

Kit Carson's Wild West (1880)

Pioneer Life and Frontier Adventure (1881)

The Art of Illuminating as Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times (1860)


Publishers' bindings, 20th century

Ediciones Botas Pictorial Collection. About 900 book covers, original book cover art, illustrations, technical drawings, manuscripts, and photographs related to the Mexican book publisher Ediciones Botas from the years 1916 to 1967.


Books issued in parts / serialized novels

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

Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867-68).

Gilbert Abbot à Beckett, The Comic History of England (1846-48). 



Charles Augustus Murray, The Prairie-Bird (1844). Triple-decker novel.

Seder Dime Novel Collection, ca. 1879-1912. More than 2,000 titles.

Homes of American Authors (1853). First American book illustrated with a photograph.



First Issue Periodicals Collection, 1892-1910. 126 titles.

The Illustrated London NewsWorld's first illustrated weekly newspaper.

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

The Strand Magazine. Popular Victorian periodical best known for carrying the Sherlock Holmes stories.


Important books (selected)

Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1837)

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale (1851)

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha

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

A comprehensive collection of the works of Henry James.

George Catlin, Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians (1848)