Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) has long been considered the finest of English wood engravers. No one has ever better expressed the feeling of the English landscape and its homely incident than Bewick in his meticulously rendered scenes of countryside and wildlife. His innovations transformed the medium of engraving for a hundred years, and first distinguished the technique as an art. John James Audubon pronounced him the greatest delineator of nature of his time.
This natural focus on Bewick the engraver has overshadowed his accomplishments as a watercolourist and draftsman of major rank. Over a thousand of his drawings and watercolours survive, but until the publication of these volumes only a handful have ever appeared in print before, and none in modern times. They are reproduced here in accordance with the most exacting standards.
The first volume presents an illustrated biographical account of Bewick and explains his working methods in metal engraving and in the transfer of drawings to the wood block. It also discusses the organization of his workshop and ascribes to the hands of apprentices through stylistic exegesis a number of works previously believed to be Bewick's own. A catalog of 200 monochrome subjects drawn from the Quadrupeds, British Birds, Fables of Aesop and the unpublished Fishes is followed by appendices recording collections now holding Bewick's drawings.
The second volume contains the watercolours and drawings alongside the engravings for which they were prepared, in addition to major watercolours for which there are no extant engravings. Over 200 color subjects are presented in this volume, together with a further 192 drawings and engravings.
A production note: the slipcases containing the two volumes were handmade, and the paper, Bewick Cartridge, was especially made for these books. They were designed by Peter Guy and printed by the Westerham Press in England. The MIT Press is offering a limited edition of 500 sets to American readers and collectors.
Iain Bain is publisher at the Tate Gallery, London, and an authority on the history of book production and hand presses as well as on the work of Thomas Bewick. He personally oversaw the production of these volumes.
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"The books are a delight to handle. They are well designed, beautifully printed by the Westerham Press, and the reproductions extremely well produced, all at their actual size, so that one might almost be handling the original work."
- The London Times
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Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1981. Condizione libro: Very Good. First Edition (US) First Printing. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP96359245
Descrizione libro MIT Press, Cambridge, 1981. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Fine Clean Unmarked Book. Thomas Bewick Illus (illustratore). First Edition (US) First Printing. personal bookplate- volume 2 only. Codice libro della libreria 039880
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1981. Condizione libro: Fine. *Price HAS BEEN temporarily reduced this weekend for our July ABEBOOKS SALE* 2 Volumes, 233 + 230 pp., Hardcovers, fine in a very good slipcase. Codice libro della libreria ZB825630
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, Cambridge, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. 4to. 240 pp. 2 volumes in slipcase. We specialize in fine books in collectible condition. Orders are professionaly packaged and shipped promptly. P4. Codice libro della libreria 55880
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1981. Cloth. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Slipcase. Thomas Bewick (illustratore). First American Edition. Two volume set in grey cloth - housed in blue cloth slipcase. Slipcase has some scuffs and a bit of sun fading in spots, but quite sound. Profusely illustrated with Bewick's art work that formed the basis for his wood engravings. Bookplate of former owner on front paste-downs, else a fine copy! Size: 0blong 8vo. Codice libro della libreria 004819
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 2 volume set, boxed: light shelfwear, otherwise text clean and solid; no dust jackets; very good slipcase; NOTE: additional postage necessary for international shipping; 2 Volumes; 10 X 9 X 1 inches; 240 pages. Codice libro della libreria 94354
Descrizione libro The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, 1981. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine Plus. First American Edition. two cloth hard covers in slipcase, as issued. heavy set., slipcase exterior is dark, and traces of old rubbing and soiling are detectable, though no splitting or fraying has occurred. one miniscule nick to spine of vol. 2, negligible impact. no other flaws or wear. no markings or names. no bumps, tears, or the like. strong bindings.; vol. 1, 233pp., illustrated in b/w throughout. vol. 2, 230pp., illustrated throughout in colour and b/w. the more one takes in regarding mr. bewick, the more fascinating it becomes.; slipcase has original separator board. Size: Oblong 8vo. Multi-Volume Set. Codice libro della libreria 18062
Descrizione libro MIT, Cambridge, 1981. hardcover. Condizione libro: very good(+). Hundreds of black & white plates. 2 volumes, oblong 4to, grey cloth, housed in a blue cloth slipcase (stained). Cambridge: M.I.T., (1981). Both volumes are in fine condition. Codice libro della libreria 240575
Descrizione libro MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachussetts, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. 1st Edition. Gift condition. Two volume set in the original slipcase. Fast shipping with free delivery confirmation. Codice libro della libreria 025366
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition (US) First Printing. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0262021692