Books and Book-Plates; The Book-Lover's Magazine Volume 4

Books and Book-Plates; The Book-Lover's Magazine Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...in art. For it will be allowed to be true that, while nothing invites emulation so much as a strong personal style, it belongs so wholly to its creator as to preclude any sustained attempt being made to impose it upon another, and therefore a different, temperament. The books of the Woodlands Press are the outcome of a characteristic desire on the part of the artist to secure the utmost control over all stages of production, and in order that complete freedom might be had from those traditions of printing which properly affect books aiming at quite other ideals. Although something besides has been done, the six parts of 'Vox Humana' demonstrate conclusively the separate existence of the Press, and, it may be said at once, more than justify it. The artist, who is also the author, has evolved a consistently illuminated page, the ornament of which grows naturally from the free lines of the writing. In this portion of the work no blocks are used, but separate I 17 'Q illustrations illustrations, by block and photogravure, are loosely inserted. The book resembles no other, unless it be those curious little ones which William Blake wrote and printed in his own peculiar method; and the resemblance is no surface one, for there has before been remarked an affinity of idea existent between the two men. I can understand the diversity of opinion called forth by the appearance of a book like 'Vox Humana, ' but it is caused by too rigid a notion of what is and what is not permissible. None need suppose that the principles ruling press-printing can be imposed upon what belongs wholly to another process, so that collectors, who have from accustomed habit judged the quality of workmanship by certain simple tests, must..show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236752198
  • 9781236752192