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BIGGS, John R. (John Reginald), 1909-1989 : THE CRAFT OF WOODCUTS.
London : Blandford Press, (1968). A reprint of the original 1963 edition. A very attractively produced and illustrated guide to the tools and techniques of woodcut, linocut, wood-engraving, printing, paper, etc.
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BURGESS, Frederick William, 1855-1945 : OLD PRINTS AND ENGRAVINGS.
London : George Routledge & Sons / New York : G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1924. First edition. A well-illustrated and wide-ranging guide in the Home Connoisseur series – with chapters on the engravers; processes; terms; wood blocks; mezzotints; stipples; line engraving; aquatints; lithographs; colour prints; Baxter prints; Arundel prints; early book illustrations; frontispieces and title-pages; dedicatory plates; printers’ marks; bookplates; portraits; Japanese colour prints; sporting prints; military prints; costumes; trade cards; tickets, etc.
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CUNDALL, Joseph, 1818-1895 : A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOOD-ENGRAVING FROM ITS INVENTION.
London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1895. First edition. An authoritative guide, with chapters on the early block books, early work in Italy, France, England and Germany respectively, Hans Holbein and the little masters, Thomas Bewick and his followers, the nineteenth-century English school, etc.
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FARLEIGH, John (Frederick William Charles), 1900-1965 : ENGRAVING ON WOOD.
Leicester : Dryad Press, (1954). First edition. John Farleigh and a masterly illustrated essay on the techniques of wood engraving – the blocks, the printing, the use of the graver, the spitsticker, the round and square scorper, the tint tool and the multiple tool, etc.
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JACKSON, John, 1801-1848 [& CHATTO, William Andrew, 1799-1864] : A TREATISE ON WOOD ENGRAVING, HISTORICAL AND PRACTICAL. WITH UPWARDS OF THREE HUNDRED ILLUSTRATIONS, ENGRAVED ON WOOD, BY JOHN JACKSON.
London : Charles Knight & Co., 1839. First edition. A monumental and attractive treatise on the whole history and practice of wood-engraving, with much on the antiquity of the process, the age of Durer, the revival under Thomas Bewick, the precise techniques and tools employed, etc. Jackson had served part of his apprenticeship under Bewick himself and was one of the finest practitioners of his time. His collaborator, William Andrew Chatto (father of the publisher), also wrote on the history of playing-cards, etc.
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LAVER, James, 1899-1975 : ENGLISH SPORTING PRINTS.
London : Ward Lock, (1970). First edition. A well-illustrated survey of the great era of the sporting print in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the Collectors Monograph series.
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LEVIS, H.C. (Howard Coppuck), 1859-1935 : TITLE-PAGES OF FOUR EARLY ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO ENGRAVING : ALSO THE PAGES THEREIN WHICH CONTAIN THE SECTIONS ON ENGRAVING AND PRINTING FROM ENGRAVED PLATES ...
London : Privately Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1916. First edition : one of just thirty numbered copies produced for private circulation. Title-pages and facsimiles of the relevant text on engraving and etching from “The Thyrde and Last Parte of the Secretes of the Reverende Maister Alexis of Piemont” (1566), “A Profitable Boke Declaring Dyvers Approoved Remedies” (1583), “The Jewell House of Art and Nature” (1594), and “A Booke of Secrets” (1596) – the four earliest accounts in English of the subject. Levis also includes the earliest English illustration of an engraving instrument, reproduced from John Bate’s “The Mysteryes of Nature and Art” (1634).
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[MABERLY, Joseph, 1782-1860] : THE PRINT COLLECTOR : AN INTRODUCTION TO THE KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY FOR FORMING A COLLECTION OF ANCIENT PRINTS ...
London : Saunders & Otley, 1844. First edition. A useful guide from the London solicitor and distinguished collector Joseph Maberly, with chapters on collecting in general, classification, choosing examples, prices, the extent of a collection, conservation, starting out, etc. – with particularly valuable material on the major collectors and their marks, and an extensive bibliography of books on engraving.
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MACKLEY, George E. (George Edward), 1900-1983 : WOOD ENGRAVING.
London : National Magazine Co., (1948). First edition. Both a comprehensive technical guide – design, preparation, blocks, tools, equipment, expression of form and texture, printing, etc. – and a survey of the genre, with illustrations by Thomas Bewick, John Buckland-Wright, John Farleigh, Robert Gibbings, Joan Hassall, Gertrude Hermes, Blair Hughes-Stanton, Mackley himself, Agnes Miller Parker, Mark Severin, Clifford Webb, and others.
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MACNAB, Iain, 1890-1967 : THE STUDENT’S BOOK OF WOOD-ENGRAVING.
London : Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1938. First edition. Notes on the renaissance of wood-engraving in the 1920s and its current possibilities, followed by lucid instructions on the craft itself – materials; handling the tools; preparing design and block; transferring; scraperboard; engraving; style; technique, etc. Superbly illustrated with examples from the masters: John Farleigh; Eric Gill; Gertrude Hermes; Blair Hughes-Stanton; Clare Leighton; Iain Macnab himself; Gwenda Morgan; Agnes Miller Parker; Clifford Webb, etc.
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MORRIS, M.C.F. (Marmaduke Charles Frederick), 1844-1935 : BENJAMIN FAWCETT : COLOUR PRINTER AND ENGRAVER.
London : Oxford University Press, 1925. First edition. A life of the brilliant technician Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), with much on his work with the Rev. F. O. Morris – the illustrations of birds, moths, fish, the country seats, etc.
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VACHER, Francis, 1843-1914 : ENGRAVERS & ENGRAVING : BEING THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS ...
Manchester : Privately Printed, . First edition. A tour of the methods of engraving – wood-engraving, dot manner, line engraving, chiaro-oscuro, etching, soft-ground etching, dry-point, mezzotint, aquatint, stipple, Blake’s manner, etc. – with reference to the great masters. The presidential address to the Birkenhead Literary & Scientific Society, Session XXXI, 1887-1888.
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