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How to Identify Prints : A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet - Bamber Gascoigne

How to Identify Prints

A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet

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Published: 17th May 2004
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Since its first publication in 1986, this comprehensive guide has established itself as the essential reference book for print and book collectors, dealers in prints and illustrated books, art librarians, art professors and students, and everyone interested in graphic art. Is a particular print a woodcut, an etching, or a lithograph? Is it an original stipple engraving or a photogravure reproduction? Is the color printed or added by hand? Arranged in self-contained sections that can be consulted individually or as part of a larger research operation, this book helps identify accurately any printed image. Included are all the manual methods and also the mechanical processes that constitute the vast majority of printed images around us. In all, some ninety different techniques are described, both monochrome and color. Essential aspects of printing history and the printmaking craft receive full coverage, and examples are given of the features that reveal the type of print, such as varieties of line and tone. Of particular interest are the many illustrations of enlarged details showing the different appearance of various techniques under strong magnification. The one great change during the past twenty years has been the high-quality inkjet and laser prints that are now part of everyday life. How can one tell whether an attractive image is valuable in its own right or merely an appealing reproduction? As cheap printing becomes more sophisticated, it inevitably becomes harder to identify correctly an image of this kind. Bamber Gascoigne's new observations in this area, added for this revised edition, will prove invaluable.

'An exceptional introduction to the field of printmaking as a whole. A must for any art collection' - Choice
'Exquisitely presented and profusely illustrated, this book carries the reader to an ability to identify techniques used in graphic images from the invention of the printing press to high technology' - Library Journal

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 8
How to Use this Bookp. 9
The prints
Print Families
The three types of print
Other images known as prints
Manual prints and process prints
Monochrome prints and colour prints
Manual Prints
Monochrome
Relief
Woodcuts
Wood engravings
Metal relief prints
Modern relief methods
Intaglio
Engravings
Etchings
Drypoints
Line engravings
Steel engravings
Crayon manner and stipple engravings
Soft ground etchings
Mezzotints
Aquatints
Other total methods in intaglio
Planographic
Lithographs
Transfer lithographs
Colour
Relief
Chiaroscuro woodcuts
Colour woodcuts
Tinted wood engravings and colour wood engravings
Relief colour from metal blocks
Modern relief methods in colour
Intaglio
Colour mezzotints, aquatints, stipple engravings
Planographic
Tinted lithographs
Colour lithographs
Mixed method
Baxter prints
Nelson prints
New methods in colour
Process Prints
Categories of process print
Monochrome
Relief
Line blocks
Relief halftones
Intaglio
Nature prints
Photogalvanographs
Line photogravures
Tone photogravures
Gravures (machine-printed)
Planographic
Collotypes
Photolithographs
Colour
Relief
Intaglio
Planographic
Screenprints and Non-Prints
Screenprints
Monotypes and cliches-verre
Keys to identification
Images with printed text
Words below the image: what they say
Words below the image: how they look
The plate mark
How the ink lies
Varieties of line
Varieties of tone
Varieties of face
Differences
The pleasure of oddities
Is the image printed?
Original or reproduction?
Embossing
Lift ground
States
Ruling machines, multiple tint tools, medal engraving
Prepared, manufactured and mechanical tints
Colour print or coloured print?
Tint or colour?
Colour from one or more impressions?
Colour separation
Register
How many printed colours?
Paper
Process, mechanical: stereotyping
Process, chemical: electrotyping
Process, photochemical
Halftone screens
Illustrated books
Postcards
Banknotes and stamps
Newspapers and magazines
Around the house
Reference
A Print Vocabulary: a guide to consistent usage
Select Bibliography
The Sherlock Holmes Approach
Glossary-Index
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ISBN: 9780500284803
ISBN-10: 0500284806
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 17th May 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 22.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.95
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised