First edition, one of 50 bound thus and printed on Japanese paper. Davenport provides notes on techniques for creating mezzotints, as well as a wealth of information on the engravers who are noted for this art form. Illustrated with plates, many of which are portraits of well known figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, that are examples of the work of the artists mentioned. With the bookplate and pencil signature of Gavin Bridson. Some cover soiling.
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> Besterman, Theodore, PRINTING, BOOK COLLECTING AND ILLUSTRATED BOOKS A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BIBLIOGRAPHIES.
> Bliss, Douglas Percy, A HISTORY OF WOOD-ENGRAVING.
[A COLLECTION OF NINE DESIGNER BOOKBINDINGS BY THIS GERMA...
A unique collection of nine designer bindings, many of which were part of a 1982 exhibit at the Salzburg Werkstatte für Buchkunst. The display of these works was documented in an exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 500 numbered and signed copies, a copy of which is also included with the collection. The catalogue has two photographs of the binder, eleven black-and-white and twelve color illustrations of his work. The bindings in the collection demonstrate a wide range of technical prowess and decorative ingenuity. Three of the bindings are traditional contemporary designer bindings composed of full leather with colored leather inlays, which take the form of Miro like abstractions in two examples. Two other bindings demonstrate Stock's ability to create painted leather and parchment bindings. One binding demonstrates his use of contemporary marbled paper and vellum covered boards. Three other bindings demonstrate his ability to provide books with less traditional but more elemental book coverings. One has a simple loose leather covering with a simple gold rule bound by simple leather ties. Another covering loosely gathered in suede is fixed with a tie and a metal dagger. The other, a bit more artistic, is a similar loose vellum covering with ties, but is painted with an original abstract design. Two of the bindings are for blank books. A third covering is a prayer book, in a suitably ecclesiastical-looking binding with flaps and ties. One full leather binding with inlays is a German translation of a work by Walter Crane. The painted leather is the autobiography of Albert Schweitzer. The rest are works having something to do with binding or other aspects of book making. Unlike some art-bindings, Stock's are clearly meant as functional books, with texts intended to be used as texts. The collection of nine bindings together with the exhibition catalogue describing his work gives a remarkable sense of this man's range of binding ability and personal sense of style.