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Early Victorian Illustrated Books: Britain, France And Germany 1820-1860.

Buchanan-brown, John.

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ISBN 10: 1584561696 / ISBN 13: 9781584561699
Published by Oak Knoll Press, New Castle / The British Library, London, 2005
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320 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. BOOKS ON BOOKS. Writing over fifty years ago, the bibliographer Percy Muir noted that the 'immediate post-Bewick period' had been 'unduly neglected,' and this is still true today. In this major new study, John Buchanan-Brown remedies this neglect and demonstrates the importance of the period from 1820 to 1860 in the history of the illustrated book. These years saw the establishment of the technique of end-grain wood-engraving as the dominant medium of graphic reproduction. Its great advantage was that, as a relief process, it could reproduce both the image and the text simultaneously, and this allowed the publishing industry to feed what had become an insatiable appetite for illustrated books and journals. Although end-grain engraving was an English phenomenon, it was the French who first applied the process to book design. In turn, German illustrators were to influence the style of British illustrators. Thus, wood-engraving naturally plays a leading role in this study, but it does not overshadow the other means of graphic reproduction employed during this period: lithography, chromolithography, and steel-engraving and etching. The study illustrates the work of French and German artists and their influence upon their British counterparts. The pioneering study also includes appendices on aspects of wood- and steel-engraving in England, notes on French and German illustrators, and a glossary of technical terms. It is illustrated by some 250 reproductions in black and white, and eight pages in color. (Key Words: Victorian England, Books on Books, John Buchanan-Brown, Illustrators, Percy Muir, Wood Engraving, Book Design, Steel Engravings). Bookseller Inventory # 36399X3

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Title: Early Victorian Illustrated Books: Britain, ...

Publisher: Oak Knoll Press, New Castle / The British Library, London

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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In this major new study, John Buchanan-Brown examines book illustration of the Romantic period. He focuses on the decorative wood- and steel-engravings, which were used as embellishments with the purpose of appealing to the sophisticated book buyer. Buchanan-Brown describes how the values of the time are reflected in the illustrations and also considers the effect of industrial developments on the printing press and the techniques for reproducing images. Foremost, however, the author demonstrates that British, French and German examples of Romantic books are a source of great aesthetic pleasure. From Britain, he looks at artists such as George Cruikshank and Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), and each section of the book considers one of the three countries, the differing backgrounds and standards for the development of the artists, as well as the influence of the countries on each other. With over 250 examples of Victorian illustrations, this book provides a long-awaited survey of book illustration from the Romantic period.

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