The Art of the Book - The Book

Comprising an introduction to the Library and a brief insight into the formation of its collections, The Art of the Book provides a visual feast of the treasures stored within the covers of books, not to mention the splendours of some of the covers themselves. The necessarily small selection of books is placed in context, and their importance in the history of publishing and book production simply explained.

To celebrate the publication of The Art of the Book, this display shows a selection of the works described within. The books chosen represent as many of the different facets of the Library’s collections as is possible in the space available.

The Art of the Book
James Bettley, ed.
V&A Publications
ISBN: 1851773339 ; 1851773344 (pbk)

Price: £30 ; £16.95 (pbk)

The book is available at the V&A Shop and from all good bookshops

Acknowledgements: Diane Spaul ; V&A Book Conservation Department


The art of the book (cover)


Heal's Cretonnes and taffetas sample book
Bezette Stad
Pictures of East Anglian life
St. Denis Missal
Mirror book