09/14/2012 01:44 pm ET | Updated Sep 17, 2012

Book Illustration: 9 Images From Reprinted Washington Irving Stories

Washington Irving's famous tales, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" are full of memorable folk characters. These illustrious characters may explain why Irving's tales have been adapted for the big screen time and time again.

So it is interesting to take a look back at the art that was originally included in "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent," the collection of essays in which these stories were first published.

A new edition of Washington Irving's stories, published by Rizzoli, includes 24 of the unique sketches of hat-wearing, 19th century blokes. Check it out!:

9 Washington Irving Illustrations

CORRECTION: A previous version of the title of this post referenced Irving's "novels." However, Irving was a writer only of stories and shorter fiction, and did not author any novels.