The Garden at Eichstatt: The Book of Plants
The Garden at Eichstatt
The Book of Plants
Hardcover      ISBN: 3822865273
This could well be the most famous botanical record ever committed to paper. A magnificent pictorial document of the flowers grown in the greatest German garden of its time. The Hortus Eystettensis is in a class of its own when it comes to the variety and range of flowers engraved. Under the supervision of Basilius Besler, a team of at least ten engravers worked on this massive project, translating in situ and specimen drawings faithfully to copper plates. Nearly four hundred years old, the book survived where the gardens did not. They were destroyed by invading Swedish troops in 1634. However in 1998 a reconstruction of the original garden opened to the public in Eichstatt. At two thirds the size of the original, this is a great book in every sense, and the first in a new series of facsimile reprints of the great books of human thought and accomplishment. Its reproductions are taken from a hand-painted edition, one of only a few still extant. In auction, the asking price for a first edition copy is half a million dollars. You can now enjoy its unique qualities for somewhat less.
Engraving and Enamelling: The Art of Champlevé
Engraving and Enamelling
The Art of Champlevé
Hardcover      ISBN: 1785005456

This book explains the rich traditions of the magnificent technique of champlev , which combines the skills of engraving and enamelling. Champlev is a technique of enamelling requiring the creation of a cell into which enamel is then applied. Phil Barnes gives a unique insight into all aspects of the process as he explains the techniques of engraving in preparation for enamelling, and then looks at enamels and how to work with them to create a piece, through to the final polishing and finishing.

Floral Illustrations: A Treasury of Nineteenth-Century Cuts
Floral Illustrations
A Treasury of Nineteenth-Century Cuts
Paperback      ISBN: 0486262553

Add antique flair to almost any graphic project calling for a flowery touch with the lovely illustrations in this practical archive of floral beauty. Reproduced from authentic nineteenth-century engravings in rare periodicals, these 750 royalty-free illustrations depict columbine, aster, morning glory, lady's slipper, dandelion, iris, foxglove, and hundreds of other flowers. A magnificent testimonial to the talents of Victorian engravers, the images are so finely detailed that the most delicate aspects of foliage and blossoms are often clearly visible.
Artists, illustrators, and crafters will turn again and again to this sourcebook for inspiration and ready-to-use graphics. Nature lovers will delight in the accuracy and realism of these hard-to-find images. And decorators may even color and frame William Rowe's whimsical and charming floral arrangements for hanging on their walls.

George Stubbs
George Stubbs
Hardcover      ISBN: 0856673757

In a period when access to fine paintings was restricted, Stubbs's reputation was spread chiefly through his engravings. This catalogue raisonnE is the only single volume to contain all Stubbs's known engravings and provides a complete record of prints made by others after his works. Introductory essays consider Stubbs's relationships with other artists, particularly his engravers, and examine how the prints were originally marketed.
Part 1 covers the more important prints issued during Stubbs's lifetime, some of which are published here for the first time. Each of the 218 entries is fully illustrated and accompanied by comparative material.
Part 2 comprises 440 supplementary entries and indicates the nature and extent of Stubbs's posthumous reputation.
This book also is the first substantial review of the work of a major 18th century British painter by reference to the important, but neglected, medium of reproductive prints.

Henri Matisse: Matisse and Engraving: The Other Instrument
Henri Matisse: Matisse and Engraving
The Other Instrument
French    Paperback      ISBN: 8836632459

Matisse and Engraving explores all of the engraving techniques used by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) from 1900 until the end of his life. Though Matisse is known primarily for his mastery of color, engraving was essential to his overall practice. The artist placed equal importance on engraving, drawing, painting and sculpture, with the representation of the human figure essential across all these mediums. This catalogue finally makes accessible this important aspect of her father's work. For the very first time, the matrices--woodcut, lithograph, drypoint, etching, linocut and more--accompany the works, allowing readers to glimpse the process behind the resulting prints.

A History of Wood Engraving
A History of Wood Engraving
Paperback      ISBN: 1620874695

Housed in the British Museum is a 1300-year-old Chinese manuscript with the image of Buddha drawn in flowing black lines. This, according to A History of Wood Engraving, is the oldest known woodcut and the starting point for this lively history of the art form. For hundreds of years, wood engraving was the primary means of illustrating books in France, Italy, and the Netherlands. In the sixteenth century, the German master Durer brought engraving to new artistic heights. Since then, scores of true originals have put their own stamp on this unique wonderfully expressive form.
A standard in the field, A History of Wood Engraving offers any art lover a trove of captivating information--from engraving techniques, to artist biographies, to personal commentary--all expertly explained by Douglas Percy Bliss, a renowned painter and engraver in his own right. The author moves the story all the way to modern times, with a final chapter on recent masters and the future of engraving.

Treasury of Animal Illustrations: From Eighteenth-Century Sources
Treasury of Animal Illustrations
From Eighteenth-Century Sources
Paperback      ISBN: 048625805x

This magnificent sourcebook of animal illustrations, meticulously reproduced from cuts taken from rare eighteenth-century publications, features a wondrous panorama of the animal kingdom -- from long-whiskered rabbits and stately reindeer to plumed pigeons, spiny-finned fish, and magnificently patterned conchs.
A comprehensive volume containing more than 600 accurately detailed reproductions of copperplate engravings, this collection depicts the full spectrum of the animal world. In addition to a broad sampling of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans, and insects, the editor has also included a small but choice selection of plant specimens. Captions identify individual illustrations and a complete index provides users with immediate access to individual subjects.
Reproduced directly from rare nineteenth-century sources, this extensive collection of royalty-free illustrations will prove extremely useful to graphic designers, illustrators, and craftspeople looking for material that adds immediate interest and impact to any project.

Wood Engraving: How to Do It
Wood Engraving
How to Do It
Paperback      ISBN: 1912217503

Wood Engraving is an easily followed, practical manual on wood engraving for the beginner, written by a master in the field. The processes of printing and engraving are clearly explained, together with their material requirements. Up-to-date variations on techniques, and all the tips and methods that the author has found helpful in 30 years as a practitioner are included. The book is also a beautiful object in its own right and as the author Simon Brett's work is highly collectible. It is a must have for all those who treasure his work and fine wood engraving in general.