- New Castle, DE and Worcester, MA: Oak Knoll Press and the American Antiquarian Society, 2005.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- hardcover, slipcase
- 2600 pages
- ISBN: 9781584561620
- ISBN: 1584561629
Price: $350.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 88121
First Edition. This three volume, comprehensive bibliography focuses on the important American wood engraver, Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). The author has selected over 1,000 of Anderson's engravings to illustrate this major bibliography. This work begins with a well written and researched biography of Anderson. There are over 2,322 entries. By the early nineteenth century, Alexander Anderson was recognized as this country's preeminent illustrator. Called the father of wood engraving in America, and one of its masters, his prodigious work filled publications of every kind: separate prints, almanacs, fiction, travel, children's books, poetry, Bibles, religious tracts, medical texts, and broadsides. He is noted for his warm and often slyly humorous depictions of children in the large number of juvenile publications that he illustrated. The growing number of wood engravers and illustrators who followed Anderson owed a debt to his skill and universally acclaimed artistic sense. He set a standard for successors who worked in the medium he had introduced.
This study names and analyzes the publications where Anderson's work can be found. There are three indices provided, one of authors and titles, a second of printers, publishers and booksellers, and a third of artists and engravers. Libraries, museums, book collectors and dealers, and all those interested in graphic arts will be able to identify Anderson's work and add to the history of American nineteenth-century book illustration. No understanding of American illustration is complete without an examination of Anderson's appealing and masterly engravings.
Co-published with The American Antiquarian Society.