BOOKS ON ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN AT
BOOKS ON ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN
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[ATTERBURY, Rowley Streatfeild, 1920-2011] : THE CONTRIBUTORS : BEING THE PAPER OF A TALK DELIVERED TO THE WYNKYN DE WORDE SOCIETY AT STATIONERS’ HALL ON 16TH MAY 1974.
Westerham : Westerham Press, 1974. First edition : the American issue, with the New York imprint of the Sandstone Press on a sticker on the verso of the title-page. A talk by the owner of the Westerham Press on the most influential book designers and printers working in twentieth-century England.
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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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BRENNI, Vito J. (Vito Joseph), 1923-2012 : BOOK ILLUSTRATION AND DECORATION : A GUIDE TO RESEARCH.
Westport : Greenwood Press, (1980). First edition. A bibliography of the published resources – over 2,000 citations of books, pamphlets, essays, theses, etc. Includes material on book decoration, manuals of illustration, methods of illustration, history of illustration, children’s books, science, medicine, music, geography, history, etc.
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BRYANT, Mark, 1953- & HENEAGE, Simon, 1930-2011 : DICTIONARY OF BRITISH CARTOONISTS AND CARICATURISTS : 1730-1980.
Aldershot : Scolar Press, (1994). First edition. A thoroughly researched biographical dictionary – from Hogarth to the late twentieth century.
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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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COULSON, Anthony J. (Anthony John), 1944-2000 : A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF DESIGN IN BRITAIN : 1851-1970.
London : Design Council, (1979). First edition. Itself execrably designed, but an exhaustive subject bibliography – design, designers, colour, ornament, pattern, graphic and print design, interior design, furniture design, costume, fashion, and much more.
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DOBSON, Margaret (Margaret Stirling), 1888-1952 : LINO PRINTS.
London : Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1936. A reprint of the original 1930 edition. An excellent guide to all aspects of the linocut – knife-work, gouge-work, materials and mediums, printing in black, printing in colour, design, pattern, etc., illustrated with some striking examples of contemporary work by Ward Hunt, Sydney Gausden, etc. In the Pitman’s Craft-for-All series.
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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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FENN, Amor (William Amor), 1863-1933 : DESIGN AND TRADITION : A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE PRINCIPLES AND HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND THE APPLIED ARTS.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1920. First edition. A handsomely illustrated history of architecture and design, with sections on mouldings, architectural proportions, surface division, conventional ornament, design treatment, mythology and symbolism, ways and means, etc. In the Universal Art Series.
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GILMOUR, Pat : ARTISTS AT CURWEN : A CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT OF ARTISTS’ PRINTS FROM THE CURWEN STUDIO.
London : Tate Gallery, (1977). First edition : the hardback issue. An account of the Curwen Press, published to accompany the 1977 Tate exhibition. Includes a full catalogue of the exhibition (340 items), a checklist of the complete donation, a glossary of printing terms, etc. With colour plates by Edward Bawden, Claud Lovat Fraser, Barnett Freedman, David Hockney, McKnight Kauffer, John Nash, Paul Nash, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Ceri Richards, etc.
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GLASS, Frederick J. (Frederick James), 1881-1930 : DRAWING DESIGN AND CRAFT-WORK FOR TEACHERS, STUDENTS, ETC.
London : B. T. Batsford, . First edition. A beautifully illustrated and produced guide to the basics of design, with material on mass and silhouette, brushwork, light and shade, pattern, interlacing, scrolls, cartouches, lettering, heraldry, textures, colour, etc., as well as guidance on wood-block cutting, linocuts, wood-carving, stencilling, leatherwork, metalwork, inlaying, marquetry, etc.
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GOLDMAN, Paul : VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS 1850-1870 : THE HEYDAY OF WOOD-ENGRAVING. THE ROBIN DE BEAUMONT COLLECTION.
Boston : David R. Godine, (1994). First American edition. With chapters on the literature; the explosion in popular publishing; publishers, editors, engravers and entrepreneurs; the readership; the artists; foreign influences, etc., with a checklist of the 592 items in the Robin de Beaumont collection (now in the British Museum). With a preface by Antony Griffiths and a preliminary essay by Robin de Beaumont.
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GRIFFITS, Thomas E. (Thomas Edgar), 1883-1957 : THE TECHNIQUE OF COLOUR PRINTING BY LITHOGRAPHY : A CONCISE MANUAL OF DRAWN LITHOGRAPHY.
London : Faber & Faber, (1947). The third impression of the original 1940 edition. A most attractive guide to all aspects of lithography, with material on the materials (stones, plates, graining, polishing, textures, transfer papers, etc.), equipment, press work, artists’ work, etc. With an introduction by Frank Pick.
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HOGARTH, William, 1697-1764 : THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH; INCLUDING THE ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY ...
London : S. Cornish, 1838. First edition of this attractive and convenient edition of Hogarth – engraved prints of all the paintings, etc., complete with notes, analysis and short essays on each, a life of Hogarth, and the full text of his own “Analysis of Beauty”.
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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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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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LEWIS, Griselda, 1917-2014 – editor : HANDBOOK OF CRAFTS.
[London] : Edward Hulton, 1960. First edition. Essays by various hands on all manner of craft work – Edward Bawden on lino cutting, David Gentleman on wood engraving, and further chapters on embroidery, patchwork, fabric collages, rugs, handweaving, upholstery, chair-caning, rush basket-work, toys, dolls, glove puppets, toy theatres and much more.
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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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MAYNE, Jonathan (Jonathan Humphrey), 1917-1992 : BARNETT FREEDMAN.
London : Art & Technics, 1948. First edition. A copiously illustrated study of the artist and illustrator Barnett Freedman (1901-1958) – in the English Masters of Black-and-White series. With a checklist of books illustrated, dust-jacket work, etc.
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PENNELL, Joseph, 1860-1926 : MODERN ILLUSTRATION.
London : George Bell & Sons, 1898. Second edition. A masterly survey of late nineteenth-century book and magazine illustration from the influential Joseph Pennell. Individual chapters discuss techniques of reproduction, French illustration, English illustration, American illustration, etc. Heavily illustrated with examples of the work of all the leading exponents. First published in 1895, the present edition was issued in Gleeson White’s "Practical Designing" series as a handbook for students. Printed at the Chiswick Press.
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SENDAK, Maurice (Maurice Bernard), 1928-2012 : CALDECOTT & CO. : NOTES ON BOOKS AND PICTURES.
London : Reinhardt Books, (1989). First British edition. Essays, thoughts and interviews from the master on children’s books, their history and their illustrators – on Hans Christian Andersen, Edward Ardizzone, Jean de Brunhoff, Randolph Caldecott, Walt Disney, Claude Lovat Fraser, George MacDonald, Maxfield Parrish, Beatrix Potter, and many more.
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STONE, Reynolds, 1909-1979 : REYNOLDS STONE : ENGRAVINGS WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE ARTIST AND AN APPRECIATION BY KENNETH CLARK.
London : John Murray, (1977). First edition. A handsome recapitulation of Reynolds Stone’s lifetime of work in wood engraving – over 550 illustrations (many in colour) – illustrative work, decorations, title-pages, bookplates, labels, etc. – each of them described and set in context. Printed at the Curwen Press. Loosely inserted are a copy of the original prospectus and a 1978 Cambridge University Press invitation, utilising the armorial device by Stone illustrated on p.132.
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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