PRINTS AND ENGRAVING
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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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BULLOCK, Charles F. (Charles Frederick), 1873-1946 : LIFE OF GEORGE BAXTER, ENGRAVER. ARTIST, AND COLOUR PRINTER. TOGETHER WITH A PRICED LIST OF HIS WORKS.
Birmingham : Charles F. Bullock, 1901. First edition. A brief life of the celebrated colour-printer George Baxter (1804-1867), together with an extensive priced list of his works – 193 assorted prints arranged by subject, ten missionary subjects, thirty portraits, thiry-three British views, and forty-four books containing Baxter prints. Compiled by the Birmingham bookseller and antique dealer Charles F. Bullock, “Baxter Expert”, who claimed to have the largest and finest collection of Baxter prints in the country.
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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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DYSON, Anthony, 1931- : PICTURES TO PRINT : THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY ENGRAVING TRADE.
London : Farrand Press, (1984). First edition : a subscriber’s copy of the regular edition, signed by both the author and the publisher, R. A. Farrand. An exemplary account of the London engraving and printselling trades in the nineteenth century, particularly strong on the technical side. With chapters on the plate-printer; collaboration and competition; engravers and their earnings; workshops and equipment; the rolling-press; engraving and printing; inks, inking, colour; paper, 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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FORD, John (John Alan), 1936- : ACKERMANN 1783-1983 : THE BUSINESS OF ART.
London : Ackermann, 1983. First edition. A richly illustrated and meticulously researched history of the celebrated art publishing and art dealing concern founded by Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834). With much incidental material on Henry Alken, William Combe, John Buonarotti Papworth, Augustus Pugin, Thomas Rowlandson, George Stubbs, and other authors and artists; a checklist of the Ackermann books, games, and music; a bibliography, etc.
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GARRETT, Albert, 1915-1983 : A HISTORY OF [BRITISH] WOOD ENGRAVING.
London : Bloomsbury Books, (1986). Second edition. A well-illustrated study, originally published under the longer title in 1978. With much on Thomas Bewick, William Blake, John Buckland-Wright, Edward Gordon Craig, John Farleigh, Robert Gibbings, Eric Gill, David Jones, Clare Leighton, George Mackley, Iain MacNab, Paul Nash, etc.
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GODFREY, Richard T. (Richard Timothy), 1945-2003 : PRINTMAKING IN BRITAIN : A GENERAL HISTORY FROM ITS BEGINNINGS TO THE PRESENT DAY.
Oxford : Phaidon Press, (1978). First edition. An erudite study of the evolution of a British style, from the Elizabethans through Hollar and Hogarth to Hockney – work in engraving, mezzotint, aquatint, etching, etc., with much on Francesco Bartolozzi, Thomas Bewick, William Blake, etc.
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GUISE, Hilary : GREAT VICTORIAN ENGRAVINGS : A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE.
London : Astragal Books, (1980). First edition. A well-illustrated guide, with introductory material on engraving methods, the engravers, publishers, art-unions, etc., and an illustrated catalogue of 181 engravings, with full technical details, commentary, etc. Glossary and bibliography.
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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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ROE, F. Gordon (Frederic Gordon), 1894-1985 : SPORTING PRINTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURIES.
London : The Connoisseur, (1927). First edition. An attractively illustrated study, with a full index of atists and engravers, in the Connoisseur “Books for Collectors” series. With an introduction by C. Reginald Grundy.
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SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS : 1658-1874. A CATALOGUE.
London : Tate Gallery for the Yale Center for British Art, 1981. First edition. A lavish catalogue-cum-bibliography, giving detailed descriptions of the magnificent Paul Mellon collection of sporting prints – hunting, shooting, racing, riding, coaching, and much more. In The Sport in Art and Books – the Paul Mellon Collection series.
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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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ZIGROSSER, Carl (Carl Daniel), 1891-1975 : SIX CENTURIES OF FINE PRINTS.
London : Williams & Norgate, (1938). First British edition. A richly illustrated historical survey of the printmaker’s art, with an introductory essay, separate chapters on The End of Gothic, the Renaissance, the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Oriental Prints, etc., with 488 plates and illustrations.
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