Jessie M. King (1875-1949) was the foremost Scottish book designer and illustrator of the 20th century. Her work reflected the mixture of Symbolism and Arts and Crafts practised by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and others of The Four in Glasgow where she was trained. During the 50 years of her career she designed and illustrated some 250 books, over 100 greeting cards, bookplates and assorted items of ephemera. "A Guide to the Printed Work of Jessie M. King" attempts to bring order to this enormous output. Every known item has been annotated, classified and catalogued, and a further section lists over 100 publications containing reproductions of other works by the artist. An appendix by Dr. A. D. Portno discusses her work for the German publishers, Globus. A second appendix investigates her designs for Routledge's series of Children's classics. In order to do justice to Jessie M. King's talent, a substantial part of her work is illustrated in colour in an accompanying CD-ROM.
Colin White is an art historian specialising in the work of illustrators of the early 20th century. His published works include biographies of Edmund Dulac and Jessie M. King, and a history of objects of artistic interest found in nurseries. A biography of Kay Nielsen is expected to appear in 2008.