New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2011. 7.5 x 10.75 inches. Hardcover, slipcase. 1580 pages. 3 volumes. Thomas Bewick can be called one of the best English exponents of wood engraving. Born in 1753, he grew up on a small farm, where his chores came second to his interest in the countryside, fishing, and watching birds and animals. These early passions set the stage for his future endeavors. His... READ MORE about THOMAS BEWICK, THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATIVE WORK
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Frederikshavn: Exlibristen, 1986. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 58 pages. Limited to 350 numbered copies; this copy out of series. This essay describes the bookplates designed by these three eighteenth century English engravers including detailed information on specific bookplates. Well-illustrated throughout. READ MORE about THE BOOKPLATES OF ROBERT HANCOCK, JAMES ROSS AND WILLIAM BACHE
London and New Castle: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 1999. large 8vo. hardcover, dust jacket. 384 pages. Forty years before the turn of the 18th century, a small, prestigious bookplate workshop was established, the likes of which were never to be seen again after its employment of one man: Thomas Bewick. To this day, the works of the bookplate shop of Beilby & Bewick are highly collectible and valued in the antiques world... READ MORE about BOOKPLATES BY BEILBY & BEWICK, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY
Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino Publishing, 2009. thick 4to. half leather with five raised bands and marbled paper-covered boards, top edge gilt. l, 638, (2) pages. Reprint of the 1903 edition published in Paris which was printed by the Nantes printer A. Dugas, with his pressmark on the last leaf, in an edition limited to 200 numbered copies. Organized by country and artist, this volume includes biographical information, names of famous works, descriptions, and sale prices. Well indexed. Includes bibliography. READ MORE about A TRAVERS CINQ SIÈCLES DE GRAVURES, 1350-1903
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009. 11.75 x 12.75 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 204 pages. In the late nineteenth century, wood-engraving was the principle medium of illustration employed by publishers. From this beginning, print collector Bill Brandt goes on to recount the story of the Society of American Wood-Engravers. He reveals the medium's intricacies, the controversies sparked between traditional wood-engravers and America's New School, and the international acclaim rightly bestowed on these innovative American... READ MORE about INTERPRETIVE WOOD-ENGRAVING: THE STORY OF THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN WOOD-ENGRAVERS
Pasadena, CA: The Clinker Press, (2000). 4to. quarter cloth, paper-covered boards, gilt-stamped spine and front cover, bottom edge uncut. iv, 7, (3) pages. Limited to 50 numbered copies. Introduction by Andre Chaves. Reprint of an article in The International Studio LIX:233 (July 1916). Bound by David Weinstein.Tipped-in specimen precedes text. READ MORE about PRINTING WITH WOOD BLOCKS
Washington: Library of Congress, 2008. 7 x 10 inches. paper wrappers. 108 pages. Seven Perspectives on the Woodcut covers a wide range of issues related to bookmaking in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The analyses of the art of the woodcut presented here have their beginnings in the exhibition "A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books," which opened at the Library of Congress in April 2005. The exhibition and its catalogue celebrated the... READ MORE about SEVEN PERSPECTIVES OF THE WOODCUT: PRESENTATIONS FROM A HEAVENLY CRAFT SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION
Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2015. 8vo., half cloth, decorated paper covered boards, 168 pages. Beginning in the 1950s, the American master of wood engraving, John DePol (1913-2004), cut small endgrain blocks featuring subjects from Nature, the Heavens, the Book Arts, and fantastical abstract/geometrical designs. Although many of these images were made into patterns and used as binding papers in a number of important fine-press books, the full breadth of this aspect of DePol's work... READ MORE about ENDGRAIN DESIGNS & REPETITIONS: THE PATTERN PAPERS OF JOHN DEPOL
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press and the American Historical Print Collectors Society, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. cloth with dustjacket. 192 pages. As a copperplate engraver, Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) played an important role during the American colonies' war for independence and the early years of the new nation. He completed his apprenticeship in New Haven, Connecticut, around 1770 and continued to work actively in that city for over sixty years. His first known attempts are... READ MORE about AMOS DOOLITTLE: ENGRAVER OF THE NEW REPUBLIC
(Mansfield Centre: Martino Publishing, 2001). thick 8vo. cloth. (iv), 542 pages. Reprint of the first edition that was printed in Milano by Hoepli in 1906 (Arntzen & Rainwater N113). The basic work on late 16th-century through 18th-century Italian engravers and engraving. Includes 61 painter-engravers with a biographical sketch of each and a list of engravings executed. Supplements Bartsch. READ MORE about LE PEINTRE-GRAVEUR; OUVRAGE FAISANT SUITE AU PEINTRE-GRAVEUR DE BARTSCH
Santa Cruz, CA: Foolscap Press, 1993. large 4to. quarter cloth, decorated paper covered boards. 138 pages. Limited to 175 numbered copies. Here is a book that fairly crackles with wit and wisdom, for six hundred years have not dimmed its ability to speak to our minds through the clarity of its perspective, the power of its language, and the vivid pertinence of its thought. Because of the genius shown in his lyrical works, Francesco Petrarca... READ MORE about PHISICKE AGAINST FORTUNE AS WELL PROSPEROUS AS ADVERSE, FORTY-SIX DIALOGUES
New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2003. large 8vo. hardcover, dust jacket. 160 pages. First edition. This well-researched book was published in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Bewick, one of the foremost wood engravers in Britain. Eight revealing essays by leading Bewick scholars capture a wealth of untapped archival sources on Bewick and his world. The first three essays provide a new synopsis of his... READ MORE about BEWICK STUDIES, ESSAYS IN CELEBRATION OF THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF THOMAS BEWICK...
Boston: David R. Godine Publisher, (1995). large 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 208 pages. First U.S. edition. A critical appraisal of Gill's inscriptional designs, with indices of persons and institutions commemorated as well as the location of the inscriptions. Included are 900 items from his first inscription on stone in 1901 to his design for his own gravestone. Appendices cover Gill's work on war memorials, heraldry, and the design of seals, medals, coins and stamps. It... READ MORE about ERIC GILL, THE INSCRIPTIONS
With a Foreword by L.F. Thompson.
Merrickville: Greyweathers Press, 2010. 4to. cloth-backed paper covered boards, paper cover and spine labels. 6, 13 wood cuts, (2) pages. With a Foreword by L.F. Thompson. First edition. One of 100 numbered copies. Wood engravers toiling away at their trade during the last quarter of the nineteenth century could be forgiven for feeling a touch of despair. Since the early 1800s, they had practiced a viable trade, with graver in hand over an endgrain block... READ MORE about GRAVEN IMAGES: A PORTFOLIO OF NINETEENTH CENTURY WOOD ENGRAVINGS PRINTED FROM THE ORIGINAL BLOCKS
Mansfield Centre: Martino Fine Books, n.d. but 1999. thick 8vo. cloth. xix, 571, 141 pages. Reprint of the 1912 and 1913 volumes bound in one as issued. Besterman p.2028; Arntzen & Rainwater N6; Bridson & Wakeman A6. An excellent bibliography with full descriptions and some annotations. Illustrated. With about 3,000 books described. Reduced in size from the original. READ MORE about DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE RELATING TO THE ART...
Illustrations by Gaylord Schanilec.
New York: The Grolier Club, 2002. 7.5 x 11.5 inches. hardcover, slipcase. 44 pages. Illustrations by Gaylord Schanilec. Limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. Illustrations include eight full page color wood engravings and three vignettes by Gaylord Schanilec, one of the leading contemporary woodcut artists. This work was designed by the illustrator and printed by him at his press, Midnight Paper Sales. The Grolier Club first published New York in 1915 with color woodcut... READ MORE about NEW YORK REVISITED
Number six of the CODE(X) Monograph Series. Translated from the French by Jonathan von Zelowitz, with an Introduction by Timothy Young.
Berkeley, California: CODEX Foundation, 2011. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. paperback pamphlet. 24 pages. Number six of the CODE(X) Monograph Series. Translated from the French by Jonathan von Zelowitz, with an Introduction by Timothy Young. Number six of the CODE(X)+1 Monograph Series. Didier Mutel is a synaesthetic printer focused on the bite of acid on metal, of the metal plate on paper, and of the printed words on the mind. This book discuses the acide brut... READ MORE about ACIDE BRUT MANIFESTO
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and American Antiquarian Society, 2014. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, slipcase. 688 pages in two volumes. This work for the first time presents the complete transcription of the diary of Alexander Anderson (1775-1870), the father of wood engraving in America. It starts at the beginning of his career and covers almost six years of daily entries. Comprehensive footnotes identify the books he illustrated during those years (included in a.... READ MORE about ALEXANDER ANDERSON'S NEW YORK CITY DIARY, 1793 TO 1799
New Castle DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2003. small 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 152 pages. First trade edition. From the late nineteenth century, wood engraving became a medium for creative expression. One of the most prolific engravers was Gwen Raverat (1885-1957). She trained as a painter, and developed an impressionistic approach - her skill at conveying atmosphere and different qualities of light was unrivaled. She also had a strong sense of character, as is shown by... READ MORE about GWEN RAVERAT, WOOD ENGRAVER
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2007. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. cloth, dust jacket. 292 pages. First Edition. An expanded version of two of the author's previous publications, this bibliography covers a broad range of books on art in early America, including not only art treatises and instruction manuals but all books related to drawing, painting, engraving, sculpture, artist biography and the history of art. The bibliography covers art books up to 1815, the year that... READ MORE about BOOKS ON ART IN EARLY AMERICA: BOOKS ON ART, AESTHETICS AND INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE IN AMERICAN...
Tampa, FL: University of Tampa Press, 2009. miniature book (6.7 x 7.9 cm). Japanese paper covered boards. 64 pages. This limited-edition miniature book has been set in metal type and hand printed letterpress on J. J. Lankess 1848 Hoe Washington Press at the Tampa Book Arts Studio. The text paper is Rives mouldmade paper from the Arches Mill in France. David H. Barry bound the books by hand at his Griffin Bindery.The book reproduces twelve... READ MORE about LANKES: HIS WOODCUT MINIATURES
Tampa, FL: University of Tampa Press, 2009. miniature book (6.7 x 7.9 cm). leather. 64 pages. This limited-edition miniature book has been set in metal type and hand printed letterpress on J. J. Lankess 1848 Hoe Washington Press at the Tampa Book Arts Studio. The text paper is Rives mouldmade paper from the Arches Mill in France. David H. Barry bound the books by hand at his Griffin Bindery.The book reproduces twelve remarkable miniature woodcuts... READ MORE about LANKES: HIS WOODCUT MINIATURES
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury: Whittington Press, 2012. large 8vo. decorated paper covered boards, slipcase. 32 pages. One of 185 numbered trade copies. In February 2009 the north Cotswolds were covered by a brief but deep fall of snow. A fairytale landscape of changing shapes and patterns appeared overnight. Beside the predictable snowman on the village green, there was even a habitable igloo. Miriam Macgregor at once ventured out into this unfamiliar snowscape with sketchbook and... READ MORE about MIDWINTER
Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library, 2007. 10.75 x 17 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 594 pages. 3. The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 is one of the Folger Shakespeare Library's greatest treasures. Aside from Shakespeare's First Folio, it is the only book in the Folger collection to have an entire exhibition devoted to it, in 2004. Its 594 oversized pages depict life in Shakespeare's England in all of its brilliant complexities-from the mythical to the mundane, poetical... READ MORE about THE TREVELYON MISCELLANY OF 1608: A FACSIMILE OF FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY MS V.B.232
Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library, 2007. 10.75 x 17 inches. paperback. 60 pages. The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 is one of the Folger Shakespeare Library's greatest treasures. Aside from Shakespeare's First Folio, it is the only book in the Folger collection to have an entire exhibition devoted to it, in 2004. As the introduction, the paperback version of The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 provides only the first 60 pages of the oversized publication, depicting life... READ MORE about THE TREVELYON MISCELLANY OF 1608: AN INTRODUCTION TO FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY MS V.B.232