1981 · New York
In this book Eric de Maré traces the development of the craft of engraving on the end grain of boxwood, the chief method of producing illustrations for books and magazines in the Victorian age. Inaugurated by Thomas Bewick in the late eighteenth century and continued by his apprentices, this illustrative process was the answer to the demands created by the greater literacy of the Victorians and the increased capacity of their printing presses. The author shows how the specialist engravers were linked with many of the famous Victorian artists, including Cruikshank, Rossetti, Millais, Holman Hunt, Doré, Tenniel, Houghton, Keene, and Burne-Jones."
This volume is profusely illustrated in black and white and includes a chapter with color illustration; many of the illustrations are full-page. Publisher's quarter brown cloth with black and brown pictorial paper-covered boards, brown and black spine-label; darkening along joints, all edges foxed. In original pictorial dust jacket; age-toned and lightly foxed, one medium-sized tear on front panel and another on rear panel. First few leaves faintly foxed. Very good. (Inventory #: 38559)