An Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artists & Binders (Mostly English & American). The Fore-edge Paintings of Miss C. B. Currie; with a Catalogue Raisonne.
by WEBER, Jeff.
Los Angeles:: Weber Rare Books 2010., 2010. 10 x 7 inches. 432 pages. Illustrated throughout, indexes. Cloth, dust-jacket. New. THIS BOOK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO FORE-EDGE PAINTING HISTORY IN OVER 40 YEARS. IT IS THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE ANNOTATED DICTIONARY TO CONTAIN THE IDENTIFICATION OF ALL KNOWN FORE-EDGE PAINTERS AND BINDERS. Limited Edition of 980 copies, printed and designed by Patrick Reagh, Printers. This book will become instantly the single most important work on the history of fore-edge painted books. This is the most important contribution to fore-edge painting history in over 40 years. The text contains the first comprehensive annotated dictionary to contain the identification of all known fore-edge painters and binders. The book is sure to become the authoritative resource for fore-edge painting identification. The book is profusely illustrated with color reproductions. Containing essentially two parts, the first will appeal to everyone with a fore-edge painting: a comprehensive annotated and illustrated dictionary of every artist and binder known to make and sign fore-edge paintings. This will include some additional binders and artists whose work can be grouped and identified, as well as including some binders who are suspect and possibly never made fore-edge paintings. An attempt is made to prove the work of every person and to give numerous examples. Included will be the most comprehensive assessment of seventeenth century English fore-edge specimens up to the present. The other part is a full history of the mysterious Ms C. B. Currie, one of the most important fore-edge artists from England in the twentieth century and the only artist to have numbered her editions. This project was challenging since no record of her entire fore-edge work exists and her own identity has been unknown until recently. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born Cambridge, Massachusetts, Weber grew up on Stanford University campus, attended UCLA (BA on Middle Eastern History) and Indiana University (Masters of Library Science). Worked with Jake Zeitlin at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge Booksellers, Los Angeles (1978-1987); started Jeff Weber Rare Books in 1987, specializing in the history of science & medicine, history of the book & printing. Weber is recognized as the foremost authority on the history of fore-edge paintings as a result of collecting, study, lectures and articles. In 2006 he issued a monograph on the fore-edge paintings of English book collector, poet and artist John T. Beer, the first man known to regularly sign his fore-edge paintings. This book became the first complete study of a fore-edge artist, includes a catalogue raisonne, and traces the movement of every book Beer painted, placing many in private & public collections. (Inventory #: W0020)
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