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Williams, Graham.
Thomas Bewick Engraver & the performance of woodblocks.
Publisher: Florin Press, Charing, Kent;
Date of Publication: 2021
Stock Code: 8486
FIRST EDITION; one of the first 150 copies with hand-printed leaf laid-in. Quarto, pp. 286. More than 400 illustrations in colour throughout, including frontispiece of the Chillingham Bull and The White Owl (Barn Owl) to title page. Publishers’ light brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board and pictorial onlay of the White Owl to upper board. Illustrated endpapers, with The Trafalgar Coach to front and The King’s Letters Patent to rear. A Fine, brand new copy.
A highly comprehensive work, Graham Williams had brought a lifetime of experience of printing Bewick’s blocks to bear on this analysis of the method’s employed to achieve the best impressions of Bewick’s engravings. He explores all of the materials involved from the importance of paper, ink, and presses to the blocks themselves and the skill of the Pressmen. There is also an analysis of Thomas Bewick’s development as an engraver and illustrator from his apprenticeship to maturity, including some new discoveries and many images published here for the first time. Heavyweight so a contribution towards increased postage costs will be requested for overseas delivery.
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