The Masters of Wood-Engraving

By: William James Linton (1812-1897)

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LIMITED EDITION of 600 copies, this is one of 500 on smaller size paper, being number 158 and SIGNED by the author on the limitation page, printed at the Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London. Folio. 16 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches. [iv], (xviii), (230) pp. Half-title, limitation page, color frontispiece, all the text illustrations and plates present as called for in the list of illustrations, indexes; text with occasional soiling, light offsetting associated with the illustrations, but unmarked. Gilt-stamped brown cloth, beveled edges; binding holding but fragile, corners bumped and showing, head and tail of spine frayed and showing, cloth torn at foot of spine about 4 inches at rear hinge, bookplate removed from front paste-down. SIGNED by the author on the limitation page. SCARCE. Good. William James Linton was an English-born American wood-engraver, landscape painter, political reformer, and author of memoirs, novels, poetry, and non-fiction. Linton was born in east London and was apprenticed to George Wilmot Bonner (1796-1836), wood engraver, at age 15. From 1834 to 1836 Linton worked for William Henry Powis and then for the firm of John Thompson. After the death of Linton's partner John Orrin Smith, Linton found himself in sole charge of a large publishing business. The next decade or two, Linton was involved in political reform in England and the Continent. But in 1867, Linton decided to try his fortune in America. Here he set up a printing press in Hamden, Connecticut and concentrated on his wood engraving, writing and printing. From 1879 to 1895 he issued a series of works on wood engraving. His "The Masters of Wood-Engraving" traces the art from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth century, with a special focus on Thomas Bewick. While this text provides a single chapter on a single time period or two particular wood engravers, Bewick receives 2 separate chapters. Linton carried on Bewick's tradition in his own work, and became recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the art of the woodcut in the 1880s and 1890s.

Title: The Masters of Wood-Engraving

Author Name: William James Linton (1812-1897)

Categories: Art:Graphic Arts,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Haven, CT; London, At the Residence of the Author; F. G. Stevens: 1889

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Good

Type: Hardcover

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: RT318-005

Keywords: William James Linton, The Masters of Wood-Engraving, Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham, Book Illustration, Wood Engraving, Thomas Bewick