Almost immediately following the 1987 publication of J.B. Cooper's An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols, the book became an essential reference for artists and scholars. Packed with the richly researched history of symbolism in art over the centuries, An Illustrated Encyclopediarelays these motifs and patterns in a scholarly yet relatable voice. Cooper herself was a researcher of philosophy and symbolism, and her expertise and engaging manner made this book an instant classic. 

As an update to this iconic text, An Illustrated Encyclopediais now available in a digital format. Maintaining the captivating copy of the original book, this digital version allows the reader to plunge into the more than 200 illustrations with a depth not possible before. This new format ensures the popularity of this historic volume for generations to come.