illustrated book (Scope note)

The term usually refers in the premodern period to Japanese woodblock-printed books, where text and images are created by the same technical process, on the same woodblocks. The term is also used for books in the Western tradition that have a number of pictorial illustrations (not merely a frontispiece or decorative ornaments). These illustrations refer to episodes or people described in the text. N.B. See 'book-illustration' for a printed page extracted from an illustrated book; and also 'photobook' and 'artist book'.