I am thinking of Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities as a beautiful tool for the classroom. In the past, I have used both Zoo - ology and Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet with children, often as a book that is available for the children to look at independently. There is no explanation, just a picture. I imagine this is the same for the Pictoral Dictionary.
The pictures are black and white prints, and, being a dictionary, there is a little bit of everything.
Watching the author's video on the making of the leather-bound, letterpress printed limited edition, I thought about young children and book binding. We do some simple stapled books, and sometimes sewn books or accordion books. The idea of making a thick book and stamping on the closed pages is interesting, I think. I dont know if that would ever come about in the classroom, though!
The video also has me thinking about woodcuts and linocuts. Have you ever used them in your classroom? Where do you get your materials?
The video is worth a watch - it is a really interesting project.