- London, England: Charles Knight and Co., 1839.
- half leather, marbled paper-covered boards, marbled endpapers
- xvi, 749+(1) pages
Price: $300.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 120186
First edition. (Bigmore & Wyman I,131; Engen, p46 and 133-4). With a preface by W.A. Chatto. "This and Ottley's book may be taken as the standard works in English on wood-engraving." Over 300 illustrations, including five plates and some in color. A history of wood engraving from antiquity to the time of publication. Rodney K. Engen, in Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers (Cambridge, England: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985), calls this a "pioneering" work and notes that Chatto wrote most of the text, while Jackson selected the subjects, engraved most of the illustrations, and bore the cost of production. Engen also notes this work had "a major influence on the revival of wood engraving." Boards scuffed and rubbed, especially along edges and spine. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Leaves including preface and list of illustrations loose. Back hinge cracked. Page 449 torn. Some tanning along edges of text.