An exhibit of extra-illustrated books is currently running at The Huntington. I visited the exhibit, “Illuminated Palaces,” last week and it was wonderful as well as a little frightening. The process these books have undergone is called “grangerizing,” a method through which prints and other desirable portions of books are extracted and pasted into other books for collection. The frightening part is that many books were destroyed or at least vandalized, their pages ripped, cut, and torn in order to yield the prints and images so sought after by collectors. Some collectors added prints to extra-illustrate their books, while others added postage stamps, playbills, postcards, or handwritten letters of correspondence. In the end, many of these books resembled something of an academic scrapbook, with…