- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Books, 1994.
- (iv),xxxi,391+(1); x,566; xi,356,(47) pages.
- ISBN: 0938768476
Price: $50.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 39296
In 1907 David McNeely Stauffer's two-volume set of AMERICAN ENGRAVERS UPON COPPER AND STEEL was published in a limited edition of 350 copies. This pioneer work provided biographical sketches and a checklist of the works of over seven hundred American engravers. Little had previously been written about this subject, as the great majority of early American engravers were relatively obscure men and often the only record of their existence as engravers was the few impressions of a plate accidentally preserved. Stauffer's work was based on the prints themselves - their signatures, dates and publishers - and he realized there were omissions. In 1917 Mantle Fielding, who had corresponded with Stauffer and seen many of his notes, published a supplement in a numbered, limited edition of 220 copies. Stauffer's and Fielding's works on American Engravers are well indexed for engravers and partly indexed for subjects. However, engravers are for the most part only copyists; they reproduce on copper, steel or stone the work of another. Much valuable information as to the identity of the painters of early portraits can be obtained from examining engraved copies. Thus in 1920 Thomas Hovey Gage added an Artist Index to these important volumes. This reprint is the first time these four scarce volumes have appeared together as a set. When the noted dealer in Americana, William Reese, was informed of this project, he commented, "The pioneering works of Stauffer and Fielding have remained vital references for those interested in early American engraving, printing, and book illustration. For many years the original editions of 1907 and 1917 have been all but unobtainable, and these lacked the vital index separately published in 1920. Oak Knoll Books has done scholars, collectors and librarians a great service by making them available in what may properly be styled a `second, and best, edition'."From the private reference library of Dorothy Sloan with a commemorative bookplate loosely inserted.