Publisher: The Bewick Society, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Date of Publication: 2020
Stock Code: 7326
Limited Edition of 125 copies. Quarto, pp. 92. 20 monochrome plates, several multi-image, plus colour frontispiece; Bewick head-and tail-pieces. Olive green cloth with gilt titles to spine in grey and green pictorial dust-jacket. Brand New.
The story of an unscrupulous bookdealer who conspired to foist specious publications, doctored woodblocks and “original drawings” onto collectors of the work of the superlative wood engraver Thomas Bewick. Pearson’s speciality was using genuine Bewick cuts to illustrate pastiche works, which he offered at high prices to Bewickiana enthusiasts. Tattersfield is the greatest living authority on the work of Thomas Bewick and this volume chronicles Pearson’s life and career, telling the story of the Bewick “rarities” along the way.