National Art Library publications

Publications about the National Art Library and its collections


  • Bettley, James, ed., The art of the book: from medieval manuscript to graphic novel. V&A Publications, 2001. ISBN 1851773339. Pressmark: 603.AB.1247

  • Watson, Rowan, Adding effectively to the national resource on art, craft and design: a view from a museum library. LIBER 30th Annual General Conference, The British Library, London 3-7 July 2001

  • Dodds, Douglas, Raising the funds and delivering the goods : the National Art Library Heritage Projects. Papers from the The Cultural Grid: Content & Connections Conference : MDA information, vol. 5 no. 1, 2000

  • James, Elizabeth, compiler, The Victoria and Albert Museum: a bibliography and exhibition chronology 1852-1996. Fitzroy Dearborn in association with V&A Publications, 1998. ISBN 1884964958. Pressmark: 708.21 VIC/VIC

  • Savidge, J. & D. Dodds, eds., The National Art Library: a policy for cataloguing the collections, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1998. ISBN 1851772669. Pressmark: NJ.96.0088

  • Dodds, Douglas & Cook, Aileen, 'The National Art Library, ARLIS/UK and Ireland and the Union list of art, architecture and design periodicals', Serials Librarian, vol.32, nos.3/4, 1997, pp.127-137. Pressmark: Staff Library Periodicals

  • Van der Wateren, Jan, 'National library provision for art in the United Kingdom : the role of the National Art Library', Alexandria, vol.6, no.3, 1994, pp.173-192. Pressmark: PP.103.H

  • Dodds, Douglas, 'Computer applications in the National Art Library', Computers and the History of Art, vol.3, no.2, 1993, pp.15-25. Pressmark: PP.108.E

  • Dodds, Douglas, 'Documentation systems in Britain's National Art Library', Art Libraries Journal, vol.18, no.4, 1993, pp.15-23. Pressmark: PP.8.P

  • Lowe, Annette, 'The conservation of Charles Dickens' manuscripts', V&A Conservation Journal, no.9, October 1993, pp. 4-7. ISSN 0967-2273. Pressmark: Staff Library Periodicals

  • Van der Wateren, Jan, and Watson, Rowan, eds., The National Art Library: a policy for the development of the collections. Victoria and Albert Museum, 1993. ISBN 0952120909. Pressmark: Staff Library 025.2 NAT

  • Grant, Alice, 'Fashion magazines from the 1890s to the 1980s: an account based on the holdings of the National Art Library', The Library, 1988. ISBN 1851770704. Pressmark: NL.93.0230

  • Whalley, Joyce Irene, and Chester, Tessa, A history of children's book illustration. John Murrray & V&A, 1988. ISBN 0719545846. Pressmark: 809.9882 WHA

  • Watson, Rowan, 'The Modern Calligraphy Collection of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England', Calligraphy Review, Fall 1987, pp. 40-45. Pressmark: PP.2.D

  • Esteve-Coll, Elizabeth, 'Image and reality : the National Art Library', Art Libraries Journal, vol. 11, no. 2, 1986, pp.33-39. Pressmark: PP.8.P

  • Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, ed., Fables, V&A, 1986. ISBN 094810712X. Pressmark: 511.E.67

  • Holmes, Michael, The country house described: an index to the country houses of Great Britain and Ireland. Saint Paul's Bibliographies in association with the V&A, 1986. ISBN 0906795397. Pressmark: 728.8 HOL

  • Harthan, John P, Bookbindings, 3rd edition. HMSO, 1985. ISBN 011290226X. Pressmark: 708.21 VIC

  • Hogben, Carol, and Watson, Rowan eds., From Manet to Hockney: modern artists' illustrated books. V&A, 1985. ISBN 0948107081 (cased) 0948107073 (paperback). Pressmark: 603.AA.0251

  • Watson, Rowan, The Playfair hours : a late fifteenth century illuminated manuscript from Rouen (V&A, L.475-1918). London: Victoria and Albert Museum, with the Folio Society and the Readers' Union, 1984. ISBN 0905209982. Pressmark: 97.TT.174

  • Haldane, Duncan, Islamic bookbindings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. World of Islam Festival Trust in association with the V&A, 1983. ISBN 0905035322. Pressmark: 708.21 VIC

  • Harthan, John P, An introduction to illuminated manuscripts. HMSO, 1983. ISBN 0880450193. Pressmark: 93.TT.129

  • Harthan, John P, The history of the illustrated book: the Western tradition. Thames and Hudson, 1981. ISBN 0500233160. Pressmark: 90.A.40

  • Whalley, Joyce Irene, The universal penman: a survey of western calligraphy from the Roman period. HMSO, 1980. ISBN 0112903398. Pressmark: G29.CC.54

  • The open & closed book: contemporary book arts. HMSO, 1979. Pressmark: AB.79.0003

  • MacRobert, T.M, Fine illustrations in Western European printed books. HMSO, 1969. Pressmark: 90.R.54

  • MacRobert, T.M, Printed books: a short introduction to fine typography. HMSO, 1957. Pressmark: VA.1957.0002

  • Weale, W. H. James, Bookbindings and rubbings of bindings in the National Art Library, South Kensington Museum. HMSO, 1894-1898. Pressmark: NB.95.1232-3 (2 vols.)


Selected catalogues of displays from the collections


  • Loveday, Richard and Dumontet, Carlo, Art droids>2000 AD: an exhibition of original comic book artwork, 2001. Pressmark: VA.2001.0010 Oversize

  • Stead, Miranda, What is a book--?:an exhibition of book art, 2001

  • Perratt, Patrick, Mark Wallinger, Richard Long & Helen Chadwick: artists and ephemera, 2000. Pressmark: 606.AA.0440

  • Russell, Andrew, Wainwright, Clive and Dawson, Paul, Ruskin and the book. 2000. ISBN 1851773126. Pressmark: 606.AA.0113

  • Archer, Bernadette, Early costume books. 1999. Pressmark: NJ.99.0788

  • Bettley, James, Victorian lives and letters. 1999. Pressmark: NJ.99.0216

  • Dean, Lucy, Paul Nash as book illustrator & designer. 1998. ISBN 1851772812. Pressmark: NJ.95.0701

  • Dumontet, Carlo, and Loveday, Richard, Ghosts, vampires and Kriminals: horror and crime in Italian comics. 1998. ISBN 1851772871. Pressmark: NL.98.0578

  • Pye-Smith, Helen, The Great Exhibition in print: the 1851 collection of the National Art Library. 1998. Pressmark: NJ.95.0597

  • Coombes, Rebecca, Meriton, John and Shalloo, Eoin, Royal children's books: the Queen Mary collection. 1997. Pressmark: NL.97.0597

  • Dodds, Douglas,The book and beyond: electronic publishing and the art of the book, 1995. Pressmark: NJ.95.1081

  • McMurray, Elizabeth, At home in the thirties: the Ekco collection of trade catalogues. 1995. ISBN 1851771654. Pressmark: NJ.96.0109

  • Shalloo, Eoin, et al., A diversity of gifts: four benefactors of the National Art Library : Chauncy Hare Townshend, Austen Henry Layard, Emilia Francis Strong Pattison (Lady Dilke) and Francis William Baxter. 1995. ISBN 1851771638. Pressmark: VA.1995. Box.003

  • Keyes, Marian, Hidden pleasures: 400 years of decorative book end-papers in the National Art Library. 1994. Pressmark: NL.94.0251

  • Walter Strachan: defender in England of the livre d'artiste : three masters of copper engraving : Roger Vieillard, Albert Flocon & Abram Krol. 1994. Pressmark: NJ.94.0186

  • Van der Wateren, Jan, Shalloo, Eoin and Van Vliet, Claire, Experimenting with the book: Janus Press. 1994. Pressmark: NJ.94.0143

  • Ford, Simon, Smile classified, 1992. Pressmark: NJ.92.0486

  • Bradley, M. A. "More than funny" -- comics in the National Art Library: a display to mark the acquisition of the Ian Rakoff collection of comics and graphic novels. 1992. Pressmark: VA.1992.Box.0014


History of the National Art Library


  • Barontini, Chiara. The National Art Library and its buildings: from Somerset House to South Kensington. 1995. Pressmark: NJ.95.0358

  • White, Eva. From the School of Design to the Department of Practical Art: the first years of the National Art Library, 1837-1853. 1994. Pressmark: 503.B.121


National Art Library special collections


  • Haldane, Duncan. Islamic bookbindings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: World of Islam Festival Trust in association with the V&A, 1983
  • Harthan, John P. The history of the illustrated book. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981
  • Harthan, John P. An introduction to illuminated manuscripts. London: HMSO, 1983
  • Harthan, John P. Bookbindings. 3rd ed. London: HMSO, 1985
  • Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, ed. Fables. London: V&A, 1986
  • Hobbs, Anne Stevenson and Joyce Irene Whalley. Beatrix Potter : the V & A collection. London: V&A, 1985
  • Hogben, Carol and Rowan Watson, eds. From Manet to Hockney : modern artists' illustrated books. London: V&A, 1985
  • The open & closed book : contemporary book arts. London: HMSO, 1979
  • MacRobert, T.M. Printed books : a short introduction to fine typography. London: HMSO, 1957
  • MacRobert, T.M. Fine illustrations in Western European printed books. London: HMSO, 1969
  • Weale, W. H. James. Bookbindings and rubbings of bindings in the National Art Library, South Kensington Museum. London: HMSO, 1894-1898
  • Whalley, Joyce Irene. The universal penman : a survey of western calligraphy from the Roman period. London: HMSO, 1980
  • Whalley, Joyce Irene and Tessa Chester. A history of children's book illustration. London: John Murrray & V&A, 1988

The private press


A series of exhibitions/catalogues presenting the British private press movement.
  • Bigham, Julia, An introduction to the Golden Cockerell Press. 1987. Pressmark: 505.B.86

  • Fish, Wendy, An introduction to the Gregynog Press. 1987. Pressmark: 507.A.172

  • Bradfield, Judith, An introduction to the Nonesuch Press. 1986. Pressmark: 19.V.45

  • Isherwood, Andrew, An introduction to the Kelmscott Press. 1986. Pressmark: 514.F.274

  • Robson, Susanna, An introduction to the Essex House Press. 1986. Pressmark: 312.A. Box 2

  • Skidmore, Janet, An introduction to the Doves and Ashendene Presses. 1986. Pressmark: 312.A. Box 2

  • White, Eva, An introduction to the Beaumont Press. 1986. Pressmark: 312.A. Box 2


Archive of Art and Design


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