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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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GERSAINT, Edme-François, 1694-1750 : A CATALOGUE AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE ETCHINGS OF REMBRANDT VAN-RHYN, WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE ...
London : Thomas Jefferys, 1752. First edition in English. An interesting catalogue, originally compiled by the charismatic Parisian art-dealer Edme-François Gersaint and based on the collection assembled by Rembrandt’s personal friend, the Burgomaster Six. Some 342 works are listed, together with a further twenty-seven doubtful attributions and a number of further related pieces by other masters and pupils. As the preface makes clear, Rembrandt was heavily collected, prices were high, and skilful forgeries were in circulation: one of the purposes of the catalogue was to offer a safeguard to collectors. First published in Paris the previous year, the catalogue is also interesting as a sidelight on the career of the publisher, Thomas Jefferys (1719-1771), principally known as a mapmaker and Geographer to George III, but a man also evidently engaged in the wider art market.
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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.
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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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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[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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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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PARKER, Harry, 1884-1959 : NAVAL BATTLES FROM THE COLLECTION OF PRINTS FORMED AND OWNED BY COMMANDER SIR CHARLES LEOPOLD CUST ...
London : Parker Gallery, 1911. First edition : a variant with the Parker Gallery label pasted over the original T. H. Parker imprint. A catalogue of the collection of 287 prints, with extensive descriptive and historical notes, an index of artists and engravers, a general index, etc. – the whole forming an illuminating history of the British navy. With an interesting introduction by the naval historian, Commander Charles Napier Robinson (1849-1936).
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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