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A Heavenly Craft : The Woodcut in Early Printed Books: Illustrated Books Purchases by Lessing J. Rosenwald at the Sale of the Library of C. W. Dyson Perrins (SIGNED)

De Simone, Daniel

ISBN 10: 0807615366 / ISBN 13: 9780807615362
Published by George Braziller, Inc. / Library of Congress, Washington, 2004
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Jacket in mylar protector. Signed and dated (12/12/04) by author on title page. Corners of book are lightly bumped. Size: Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 056045

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Title: A Heavenly Craft : The Woodcut in Early ...

Publisher: George Braziller, Inc. / Library of Congress, Washington

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover with Dustjacket

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Book Type: Book

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The combination of the woodcuta print method devised early in the fifteenth centurywith Johannes Gutenberg's revolutionary invention of printing with moveable type resulted in a powerful explosion of information and ideas. For the first time, it was possible to use a mechanized system to print identical copies of books containing both text and images. Featured in A Heavenly Craft are the earliest surviving examples of these books from throughout Western Europe, all printed within the first century after Gutenberg's invention. The contributors bring these rare books to life, exploring the evolution of the technique, composition, and coloration of the woodcut beginning with the earliest publications. Many of the woodcut designs grew out of the tradition of manuscript illumination, in which book illustrations were painstakingly executed by hand. The authors also present the distinguishing features of national style and taste, treating the reader to examples from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In addition, A Heavenly Craft describes the provenance of these volumes, providing an account of how Lessing J. Rosenwald purchased them from the heir to the Lea and Perrins fortune and later donated them to the Library of Congress. These early printed volumes are the predecessors of today's illustrated books. A Heavenly Craft celebrates these origins, making these early publications available to bibliophiles and print lovers. 100 color illustrations.

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Daniel Simone is a writer who has co-written autobiographies and published numerous shorter pieces on prominent figures in film, theater, and fiction. He created and wrote a monthly feature for Long Island Pulse magazine called "Between the Lines" where he interviewed and profiled renowned novelists.

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