Collection: Victorian Illustrated Books
Classmark: Reserve O 00.95 1832 onwards
The Victorian era saw great advances in the production of books, which on the one hand made books more widely available, and on the other made the production of high quality books possible. The Library has an interesting collection of Victorian illustrated books.
When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, book illustrations were mostly created using wood block and copper plate. Hand finished colour printing arrived in the 1840s. By 1890, photographic processes such as photolithography and photogravure had replaced block printing. Decorative bindings were also popular.
The Victorians published a great many books on natural history, and there are several splendid illustrated books on flowers, birds, butterflies and sea life in our collections.
Contents: Collection of lavishly illustrated books featuring flowers, birds and butterflies
Extent: approx. 3 shelves
Online exhibition of our Victorian illustrated books
Custodial history: The collection has been built up over the years. Some books were donated to the Library and some were purchased.
Accruals: The collection will be extended if suitable material becomes available.
Access conditions: Please contact us in advance of a visit or use the request form.
Illustration from Joseph Hooker, Illustrations from Himalayan Plants (1855)