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BIGGS, John R. (John Reginald), 1909-1989 : THE CRAFT OF WOODCUTS.

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.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (64)pp. Illustrations throughout, many in a second colour. Original boards; a fine and bright copy in the just slightly rubbed but still very clean and fresh dust-jacket.

£15

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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.

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.
Foolscap 4to (21cm). (30)pp. Four plates. Original wrappers; a little worn and creased, with a pronounced vertical crease from having been folded for the pocket; lacks final blank leaf, neatly excised; a few minor marks and small flaws, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile production. Contemporary ownership inscription of E. A. Baxter on upper wrapper. Some underlining and annotation in the text by an evidently serious collector.

£25

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BURGESS, Frederick William, 1855-1945 : OLD PRINTS AND ENGRAVINGS.

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.
Demy 8vo (22cm). xii,(282),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth gilt; just a hint of rubbing; a few plates a little loose (but all present); a very good and bright copy.

£25

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CUNDALL, Joseph, 1818-1895 : A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOOD-ENGRAVING FROM ITS INVENTION.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),132pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial cloth over bevelled boards; top edge gilt; some very minor rubbing; some spotting of edges and endpapers, but a nice copy.

£25

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FARLEIGH, John (Frederick William Charles), 1900-1965 : ENGRAVING ON WOOD.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (52)pp. Illustrated with Farleigh’s diagrams, illustrations and examples throughout. Original decorative boards in a three-colour Farleigh design. Very good.

£25

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FORD, John (John Alan), 1936- : ACKERMANN 1783-1983 : THE BUSINESS OF ART.

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.
Demy 4to (31cm). 256pp. Illustrations throughout, many in colour. Original boards; top edge a touch dusty, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£40

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GARRETT, Albert, 1915-1983 : A HISTORY OF BRITISH WOOD ENGRAVING.

GARRETT, Albert, 1915-1983 : A HISTORY OF BRITISH WOOD ENGRAVING.

Tunbridge Wells : Midas Books, (1978). First edition. A well-illustrated study, 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.
Demy 4to (29cm). (408)pp. Illustrations throughout. Original boards; very good in a just lightly used secondary dust-jacket.

£30

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GARRETT, Albert, 1915-1983 : A HISTORY OF [BRITISH] WOOD ENGRAVING.

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.
Demy 4to (29cm). (408)pp. Illustrations throughout. Original rexine; very good in a sunned and faintly creased dust-jacket.

£25

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GODFREY, Richard T. (Richard Timothy), 1945-2003 : PRINTMAKING IN BRITAIN : A GENERAL HISTORY FROM ITS BEGINNINGS TO THE PRESENT DAY.

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.
Super Royal 8vo (26cm). 244pp. Illustrations, some in colour. Original boards; a touch bruised; top edge a little spotted, but otherwise very good indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket slightly sunned at spine and lightly nicked.

£20

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GUISE, Hilary : GREAT VICTORIAN ENGRAVINGS : A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE.

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.
Demy 4to (29cm). x,182pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; top edge a touch dusty, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£25

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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.

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.
Elephant 8vo (161 x 174mm). xvi,(750),[ii]pp. Seven plates, some coloured, including a Baxter print of Ovingham and a double-page “patent illuminated map” of Jerusalem by William Hughes. Numerous wood engravings in text, some coloured. Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) half-calf; marbled sides and endpapers; text a little shaken, but firm in binding; a few slight marks, but overall a very good copy. Occasional interesting pencilled annotation from a widely-read and knowledgeable former owner, sadly unidentifiable.

£250

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LAVER, James, 1899-1975 : ENGLISH SPORTING PRINTS.

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.
Crown 4to (24cm). 96pp. Illustrations almost throughout. Original boards; very good in a just lightly marked dust-jacket.

£15

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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 ...

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).
Medium 8vo (23cm). [40]pp. Facsimiles. Bound in a neat later binder’s cloth, with morocco label; very faintly rubbed; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy. Ownership labels of Stanley Scott of Dulwich and Chard on rear endpaper.

£100

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LEWIS, Griselda, 1917-2014 – editor : HANDBOOK OF CRAFTS.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (372)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Diagrams. Original patterned boards; very good in a just lightly used and slightly nicked dust-jacket. Ownership inscription of Beryl G. Miller.

£25

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[MABERLY, Joseph, 1782-1860] : THE PRINT COLLECTOR : AN INTRODUCTION TO THE KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY FOR FORMING A COLLECTION OF ANCIENT PRINTS ...

[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.
Foolscap 4to (210 x 161mm). viii,(212)pp. Three engraved plates of collectors’ marks. Vignette head-pieces. Bound in a neat contemporary half roan, banded, gilt, and blocked in blind; marbled sides, edges and endpapers; a little rubbed and worn; slight split to front endpaper; plates lightly marked and spotted, but a good copy. With a few pencil marks and notes.

£50

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MACKLEY, George E. (George Edward), 1900-1983 : WOOD ENGRAVING.

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.
Crown 4to (25cm). (144)pp. Illustrations throughout. Original black cloth, boldly lettered in yellow; a little rubbed and lightly worn; a few spots, but a good and serviceable copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of H. M. Pierson of Kirkbymoorside.

£20

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MACNAB, Iain, 1890-1967 :  THE STUDENT’S BOOK OF WOOD-ENGRAVING.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). (x),(54)pp. Full-page illustrations. Original fawn cloth, lettered in blue; some spotting; a touch shaken, but a good copy of an attractive work.

£25

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ROE, F. Gordon (Frederic Gordon), 1894-1985 : SPORTING PRINTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURIES.

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.
Demy 4to (29cm). xiv,50pp. Fifty plates, forty-eight in colour.Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good and bright copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket a touch dusty, and slightly holed, creased and chipped.

£25

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SALAMAN, Malcolm C. (Malcolm Charles), 1855-1940 : OLD ENGLISH MEZZOTINTS.

SALAMAN, Malcolm C. (Malcolm Charles), 1855-1940 : OLD ENGLISH MEZZOTINTS.

London : The Studio, 1910. First edition. A handsomely bound and richly illustrated monograph, with an admirably researched history of the genre.
Demy 4to (287 x 199mm). xii,(44)pp. 128 plates. Contemporary half red morocco, banded and gilt, for Sotheran, by Alfred & Frank Denny of the Strand; top edge gilt; some minor wear; some occasional spotting, but a very good copy.

£100

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SNELGROVE, Dudley (Dudley Francis), 1906-1992 : BRITISH SPORTING AND ANIMAL PRINTS : 1658-1874. A CATALOGUE.

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.
Demy 4to (31cm). [2],xxii,(258),[ii]pp. 139 plates (twenty-five in colour). Original cloth gilt; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a slightly nicked and lightly creased dust-jacket.

£50

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VACHER, Francis, 1843-1914 : ENGRAVERS & ENGRAVING : BEING THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS ...

VACHER, Francis, 1843-1914 : ENGRAVERS & ENGRAVING : BEING THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS ...

Manchester : Privately Printed, [1887]. 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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],106,[iv]pp. Five collotype plates. Original stiff card wrappers, top edge gilt; floral cotton endpapers; a few faint spots, but a very good copy in the original parchment dust-jacket, printed in red and black, and with a design by Thomas Bewick on the upper panel; the parchment a little soiled and discoloured.- but still attractive.

£40

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WORMS, Laurence & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS, Ashley : BRITISH MAP ENGRAVERS : A DICTIONARY OF ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS AND THEIR PRINCIPAL EMPLOYERS TO 1850.

WORMS, Laurence & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS, Ashley : BRITISH MAP ENGRAVERS : A DICTIONARY OF ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS AND THEIR PRINCIPAL EMPLOYERS TO 1850.

London : Rare Book Society, 2011. First edition. An illustrated dictionary of well over 1,500 members of the map-trade in the British Isles from the beginnings until the mid nineteenth century, including all the known engravers and lithographers, all the known globemakers and retailers, the principal mapsellers and publishers, the key cartographers, the makers of map-based games and puzzles, and others. Each entry includes a list of published work, the known biographical facts (in most cases based on fresh and original research), addresses and dates, details of apprentices, etc. Twenty-five years in the making, the book contains previously unpublished material on almost every page.
Royal 8vo (25cm). xxxii,744pp. Over 600 illustrations; apprentice charts, etc. Original buckram; very good in the dust-jacket. Please note an additional UK 10 for postage overseas.

£125

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ZIGROSSER, Carl (Carl Daniel), 1891-1975 :  SIX CENTURIES OF FINE PRINTS.

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.
Crown 4to (27cm). (406),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; a few faint marks and minor signs of use, but a very good copy.

£25

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