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ART BOOKS Capture the Imagination
The world of art to keep, treasure & cherish forever

Art books collect and transport the breathtaking world of art and artists into your world. Art books are a means of discovery, enjoyment and learning. They hold within their pages some of the best artwork ever created. Where else can a reader be taken behind the scenes in the company of the Disney Imagineers animation team or back into the historic American frontier or even into the far-away star-filled night in a children's book to meet the legendary Sandman in a voyage crammed with excitement, delight and awe?

Going from one adventure to another is as quick and effortless as closing one book and opening the covers of another.

Below is the Art-cade Gallery's collection of unique art books -- not a "how to draw" book in the lot, but lots of "oohs" and "wows" accompany each volume. To search a particular collection rather than browse the list, simply click the category of your choice below to access it.

Our collection is arranged into five convenient categories:

Every book shown is NEW, and not recycled. Many are long out-of-print and quite rare today. One thing those who are creating the electronic generation of books have yet to conquer is the presentation of fine art. There's still nothing like a printed art book with its beautiful color illustrations.

(1) Browse the books. (2) Full specifics including a brief background, binding specs, condition and cost are given in the text.
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Children's Books for All Ages

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
Dr. Seuss

2011. "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories" is a collection of seven illustrated stories by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). The set is quite rare because the works originally were published in magazine format in "Redbook" during 1950-51. This is the first publication in book form. The stories were discovered by Charles D. Cohen, a Massachusetts dentist and Seuss biographer, who in his introduction to this book explains their significance, not only as lost treasures but as the genesis of later recurrent Seussian themes and images, such as fish and twins.

These are transitional stories in Dr. Seuss's career as he was evolving into a world-wide literary icon. Geisel drew from this pool of stories, for example, when he created his popular "Yertle the Turtle" and "The Sneetches" collections.

"The Bippolo Seed" uses an improved color palette that is beyond the printing limitations of the original 1950s magazines. No Seuss fan (whether scholar or youthful booklover) will want to miss these newly-found stories.

The seven stories included in the "Bippolo" book are:
  • The Bippolo Seed
  • The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga
  • Gustav the Goldfish
  • Tadd and Todd
  • Steak for Supper
  • The Strange Shirt Spot
  • The Great Henry McBride
Hardback, 72 pages. New.


The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up
Clement C. Moore

1994. Very rare. In this extraordinary three-dimensional pop-up book, artist Ruth Sanderson brings to life the entire "Night Before Christmas" story just in five pop-up scenes. Relive all the Christmas charm and magic of this most famous of all holiday poems. A delightful gift for any lover of Christmas and the Santa story. With red ribbon. New, pristine condition.

Hardback, 5 pop-up scenes. New.


The Night Before Christmas The Night Before Christmas
Tasha Tudor

1997 printing. Tasha Tudor's affectionate watercolor illustrations of Santa Claus and his Christmas visit evoke the warmth and gentleness of a simpler era. Her whimsical characters and period detail are the perfect match for this world's most beloved Christmas poem making this an elegant gift for generations to come. Illustrations in color and black-and-white.

Hardback, jacketed, 52 pages. New.


The Story of Santa Claus The Story of Santa Claus
Scribbler Elf

Cover by Scott Gustafson

1993. Rare. "Scribbler Elf" is Santa's scribe. From his North Pole home he tells the true story of Santa Claus and the activities in this little village. This story is more than the story of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but also the story of the Christmas spirit and what can happen when that spirit takes hold of you. Cover and frontis piece art by Scott Gustafson. Story heavily illustrated in full color.

Hardcover, 84 pages. New.


From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss
Harold Darling

1999. Book covers, especially for children's literature, can be small masterpieces unto themselves. Covering the century from 1860 to 1960 this book contains decade-by-decade literature overviews, profiles of the great children's book illustrators, and surveys of the numerous classics that have been interpreted in dozens of ways. Hundreds of classic book covers are shown.

Paperback, 176 pages. New.


The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration
Richard Dalby

1991. From the 1860s to the 1930s, there was a flowering of illustration art in England and the United States. Artists revolutionized the art of the children's book illustration. Their carefully conceived and beautifully executed illustrations made children's books appealing to people of all ages. This volume contains biographies of more than 50 of these artists whose talents helped create this golden age of children's book illustration. More than 150 illustrations, both color and black-and-white, are faithfully reproduced with painstaking fidelity to the originals. Great book for students of children's books and lovers of the art of illustration.

Hardback, jacketed, 144 pages. New.


Children's Book Week Posters Children's Book Week Posters
75 Years of Children's Book Week Posters
Leonard S. Marcus

1994. From Jessie Wilcox Smith and N.C. Wyeth to Chris Van Allsburg, this collection of Children's Book Week posters tells the story of children's books in America. In one glorious volume 69 posters become a celebration of great American children's book illustration. The introduction by Leonard Marcus and his background for each poster tie the works and describes changes in children's books over the years.

Hardback, jacketed, 74 pages. New.


Rip Van Winkle Rip Van Winkle
Washington Irving

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

1992 edition. Arthur Rackham's lavishly illustrated edition of Washington Irving's classic tale "Rip Van Winkle" was first published in 1905. The illustrations for the first edition were commissioned in the previous year by two London art dealers who also obtained the originals and the rights to their reproduction. In this 1992 edition using modern printing technology, the color illustrations for this edition were moved from the back of the original book to being integrated into the text where they belonged.

Hardback, jacketed, 124 pages. New.


Fairyland in Art and Poetry Fairyland in Art and Poetry
Richard Doyle

2001. Rare. First Edition. The art of Englishman Richard Doyle offers lush glimpses into the world of wee folk. Doyle's fairies troop through meadows, twirl in moonlight and enlist birds and bugs in games and mischief. With exquisite illustrations and playful poems to read aloud, this book will delight anyone who still believes in fairies. Published by the N.Y.Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pristine condition.

Hardback, jacketed, 40 pages. New.


Ship of Dreams Ship of Dreams
Dean Morrissey

1994. Author/illustrator Dean Morrissey's charming story follows little Joey on his journey through the star-filled night to meet the legendary Sandman in a voyage filled with excitement and delight. His illustrations are as pure fantasy as they are realistic and colorful. This book was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

"Ship of Dreams" was the inspiration for Saks Fifth Avenue's ten-year long Christmas window display which started in its New York City flagship store and continued each year at other Saks stores across the country. In 2011 artwork from this book was also featured as new wall murals in the new Steve and Alexandra Cohen Emergency Center at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at New York Presbyterian in Manhattan.

"Ship of Dreams" has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into several languages.

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery - a perfect two-some gift to a child or grandchild.

Hardback, jacketed, 40 pages. New.


The Christmas Ship The Christmas Ship
Dean Morrissey

2000. When Father Christmas pays a visit to they small town of Bridgeport on Christmas Eve, he explains to Sam, the town's toy maker, that he's running behind schedule and persuades Sam to help him deliver his gifts. About all Sam can do to help Santa is offer the animals he created in his shop as assistants. Since they never did anything like this gift distribution before, not all things go smoothly.

But all works out well as Sam and his toys make some unusual deliveries of gifts and most importantly share in the true spirit of Christmas. Morrissey's illustrations are as pure fantasy as they are realistic and colorful.

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery - a perfect two-some gift to a child or grandchild.

Out of print at publisher, but we have new copies available while supply lasts.

Hardback, jacketed, 36 pages. New.


The Monster Trap The Monster Trap
Dean Morrissey

2004. On an overnight trip to his grandfather's house, Paddy finds that it is darker and spookier than he remembered. After Paddy hears monsters overnight, grandpa builds a monster trap to catch the elusive creature. This book written and beautifully illustrated by Dean Morrissey follows the adventures of the two in trying to solve the problem.

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery.

Hardback, jacketed, 36 pages. New.


The Moon Robber The Moon Robber
Dean Morrissey

2001. After an earthquake, young friends Michael, Sarah and Joey see a rusty old door on the local toy shop swing open. When they step inside, they leave the modern world as they know it and step into the magical land of Great Kettles. They also step into a bit of trouble. In the land of Great Kettles, a lumbering giant has stolen the moon and this trio of children help get it back! The journey begins. Written and beautifully illustrated by Dean Morrissey, the volume is filled with colorful artwork based on wild imagination.

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery.

Hardback, jacketed, 64 pages. New.


The Winter King The Winter King
Dean Morrissey

2002. When Sarah sneaks aboard Old Man Winter's wagon and travels with him through the magic door to the Great Kettles, she eventually must help him stop his power-hungry assistant from taking over the controls of the weather-making machinery for his own purposes.

Written and illustrated by Dean Morrissey, the volume is filled with colorful artwork based on wild imagination.

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery.

Hardback, jacketed, 64 pages. New.


A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol
Dean Morrissey

2001. In this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story of a Victorian Christmas in England. Dean Morrissey's beautiful illustrations guide readers down the path of old Victorian London and trace Scrooge's redemption following visits by the three memorable ghosts in the classic tale.

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery - a perfect two-some gift to a child or grandchild.

Hardback, jacketed, 62 pages. New.


The Song of Celestine The Song of Celestine
James Redford
Dee Lillegard
Illustrated by Dean Morrissey

1998. The "Celestine Prophesy" is one of the most widely read books of our time. The children's version of this poetic fable tells the story of Celestine, a young boy who "finds a path but loses his way." How he uses the insights that he discovers on his journey to find his way back to the safety of his bed is the core of this intriguing tale.

Magnificent illustrations by Dean Morrissey not only depict the action but also help readers understand the meaning of "The Song of Celestine."

Many of Morrissey's book illustrations are available as fine art prints at The Art-cade Gallery.

Hardback, jacketed, 48 pages. New.


Animal Orchestra (Book) Animal Orchestra (Book)
A counting concerto in 10 parts
Scott Gustafson

1995. In illustrator Scott Gustafson's hands, even the most ordinary experiences become extraordinary. Maestro Toucan conducts a counting-game orchestra in this witty and beautifully illustrated book. "Animal Orchestra" is an offbeat and altogether charming counting book portrayed by members of an animal orchestra.

To have an animal orchestra the book begins, you need one conductor -- a very well dressed toucan. Gustafson then adds other instruments one by one played by other well-adorned animals until he reaches 10 flutes played by a diverse assembly. The lesson's conclusion is that "together they all equal one Animal Orchestra!" While counting, the book introduces a variety of animals and instruments to excite a child's curiosity.

This gifted artist has a unique way of communicating with children -- and their parents. 25,000 copies in print.

Hardback, jacketed, 32 pages. New.


Alphabet Soup (Book) Alphabet Soup (Book)
Scott Gustafson

1994. "Alphabet Soup" is a joyful alphabet banquet with Otter as host, who invites all his animal friends (26 of them) who bring potluck ingredients for the alphabet stew. Scott Gustafson's classic illustrations are dynamic, exciting, full-blown and complete with a whimsy and fantasy one could never have imagined. A wonderful children's book for the child in all of us.

Hardback, jacketed, 48 pages. New.


Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose
Scott Gustafson

2007. From nonsense to lessons learned, these 45 rhymes range from the universally known to the somewhat familiar classics. Gustafson's fantastic illustrations play on themes both real and imagined in each verse. Gustafson's unique art style, influenced by illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Norman Rockwell, make this a volume to be treasured by children and illustrated book lovers of all ages.

Hardback, jacketed, 100 pages. New.


Dinotopia Dinotopia
James Gurney

1992. "Dinotopia" is a lost island where humans and dinosaurs live together in peaceful interdependence. Illustrator and author James Gurney's book is based on the journals and sketches of explorer Arthur Denison, who was shipwrecked on the island in 1862. There is plenty of beautifully illustrated action, adventure, intrigue, and even a budding romance between Will and Sylvia, a native Dinotopian girl. Several unresolved plots remain unsolved.

Unlike the nasty creatures in Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs in "Dinotopia" are intelligent and cooperative. "Dinotopia" also appeared as a TV miniseries in 2002.

Hardback, jacketed, 160 pages. New.


Rhymes and Reasons Rhymes and Reasons
James Christensen

1997. "Rhymes & Reasons" is an annotated collection of seventy-three Mother Goose nursery rhymes creatively painted by James Christensen. Young readers share the joys of discovery and tradition while learning the surprising origins beneath the sparkling surface of these verbal shenanigans and silly ideas. A beautiful introduction to the history and background of the classic nursery rhymes children learn and grow up with. Sold Out at publisher.

Wall poster included.
Hardback, jacketed, 56 pages. New.


Voyage of the Basset Voyage of the Basset
James Christensen

1996. In "Voyage of the Basset" two girls and their father embark on a fantastical journey of discovery captured in the detailed, brilliant color paintings and line drawings of James Christensen.

"Voyage of the Basset" is not only richly illustrated by Christensen but also was lovingly conceived by him... The reader learns about dwarves, ogres, trolls, gremlins, faeries, pixies, a dragon, a Manticore, a sphinx, Medusa, a dryad, mermaids, a sea monster, harpies, a gryphon, a unicorn, a Minotaur, and lots more. During the voyage, the Professor and his daughters learn valuable lessons about themselves and the role magic and imagination play in their lives. Over 120 color images. Selected as a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Sold out at publisher.

Hardback, jacketed, 168 pages. New.


Parables Parables
Robert L. Millet
Illustrations by James Christensen

1999. James Christensen's illustrations in "Parables" combine with Robert Millet's thoughtful commentary to illuminate the parables taught in the New Testament by Jesus Christ. Twelve parables and four additional teaching stories are included.

Hardback, jacketed, 72 pages. New.


Journals of Exploration Journals of Exploration
James Christensen

A set of four interactive volumes where master artist James Christensen invites readers to participate with him by drawing along with him while creating an insight into one's personal life and surroundings.

  • Volume 1 Personal Illuminations: IMAGINATION (My Creative Journal)
  • Volume 2 Personal Illuminations: EXPLORATION (My Travel Journal)
  • Volume 3 Personal Illuminations: ENUMERATION (My Book of Lists)
  • Volume 4 Personal Illuminations: ILLUMINATION (My Spiritual Journal)

Each volume, paperbound, 80 pages. New.

Sold as set of 4

$35.00 for set of 4

Heartland Heartland
Charles Wysocki

1994. Edited by Elise Maclay. This is a bright and beautiful chronicle of the Charles Wysocki's love affair with 19th century America, bursting with his full color paintings, drawings, sketches and photographs and embellished by his own verse. A Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Book.

Hardback, jacketed, 144 pages. New.


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