Some introductory works on book illustration history, techniques, identification, and description. All of these are available in Special Collections.
Gascoigne, Bamber. How to Identify Prints (second edition). New York: Thames & Hudson, 2004.
Griffiths, Anthony. Prints and Printmaking. Berkeley; Los Angeles: U. of CA Press, 1996.
Ivins, William M., Jr. Prints and Visual Communication. Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 1953.
Brunner, Felix. A Handbook of Graphic Reproduction Processes. (sixth rev. edn.). New York: Hastings House, 1984.
Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved Illustration (DMVI) contains records and images of 868 literary illustrations that were published in or around 1862, providing bibliographical and iconographical details. The database is the culmination of a three-year project, based in Cardiff University’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).