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

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


By (author) Bamber Gascoigne

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 218mm x 248mm x 18mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500284806
  • ISBN 13: 9780500284803
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 272 illustrations, 40 in colour
  • Sales rank: 86,318

Product description

This comprehensive reference work provides all the answers to all the technical questions that constantly arise when trying to identify accurately any kind of print. Is the print in my hand a woodcut, an etching or a lithograph? Is it a stipple engraving or a photogravure reproduction? The book is arranged in sections which can be consulted individually or as part of a larger detective operation. Some ninety different techniques are described, as well as essential features of printing history and related matters such as paper, plate marks, states and the principles of colour separation. A special section entitled 'The Sherlock Holmes Approach' leads the reader with no previous knowledge towards the correct answer, while cross-referencing between sections provides a sequence of clues on some unusual kinds of print which even the expert will find revealing. A key feature of the book is the many illustrations of enlarged details showing the different appearance of various techniques under strong magnification. A glossary provides a clear guide to terminology and to the book itself, completing an unrivalled and indispensable work of reference.

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Author information

Bamber Gascoigne is a widely known broadcaster, author and publisher. He presented University Challenge from 1962-87. Among his other books are Twentieth-Century Drama and The Encyclopaedia of Britain.

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"An exceptional introduction to the field of printmaking as a whole. A must for any art collection."