New York: Abaris Books, 1977. Hardcover. Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt (1903-1992) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1929. After receiving a Ph.D., he worked briefly as a rare book dealer and assistant curator at the Gutenberg Museum before moving to the United States. He was the author of several books on bookmaking, including The Life of the Book: How the Book is Written, Published, Printed, Sold and Read (1975). This book on woodcuts was written to address the relative lack of attention paid to this graphic art compared to engravings and etching. Emphasis on Dutch and German artists. Numerous plates in black and white. Quarto. Grey cloth covered boards, with title in gilt to front cover and spine. Slight sun fading to covers. Pages are clean and bright. 282 pages, including index. BOB/013124. Very Good.
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London: Winsor and Newton, 1880. Thirteenth Edition. Softcover. Henry Murray was a prominent British artist, best known for his drawings and watercolors, who was active in the mid-1800s. His works are still collectible. This title was initially published in 1856. The thirteenth edition was published in 1880. Contemporary volumes are rare, though a number of modern reprints are available. Includes sections on bases and primitives, drawing on vellum, and fixing works in crayon. Interestingly, it was published by Winsor and Newton, which was a producer of artist supplies. The second half of this volume is an advertisement of "Winsor and Newton's List of Colors and Materials for Water Colour Painting, Oil Colour Painting, and Pencil Drawing, &c.", which includes illustrations and price lists of supplies. 7 inches by 4.5 inches. Yellow paper covers with black title inside a ruled design on front cover. Covers are worn around edges and lower spine, and show significant handling. Pages are slightly browned, but bright and clean. 59 pages of Murray's work, plus 51 pages of the Winsor and Newton materials listing. ART/012924. Good.