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A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books

Daniel De Simone, ed.

Editorial: George Braziller/Library of Congress, NY, 2004
ISBN 10: 0807615366 / ISBN 13: 9780807615362
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Título: A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early ...

Editorial: George Braziller/Library of Congress, NY

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

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Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Edition

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Sinopsis: The combination of the woodcut-a print method devised early in the fifteenth century-with Johannes Gutenberg's revolutionary invention of printing with moveable type resulted in a powerful explosion of information and ideas. For the first time, it was possible to use a mechanised system to print identical copies of books containing both text and images. Featured in The Heavenly Craft are the earliest surviving examples of these books from throughout Western Europe, all printed within the first century after Gutenberg's invention. The contributors bring these rare books to life, exploring the evolution of the technique, composition, and colouration of the woodcut beginning with the earliest publications. Many of the woodcut designs grew out of the manuscript illumination, in which book illustrations were painstakingly executed by hand. The authors also present the distinguishing features of national style and taste, treating the reader to examples from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In addition, The Heavenly Craft describes the provenance of these volumes, providing an account of how Lessing J. Rosenwald purchased them from heir to the Lea and Perrins fortune and later donated them to the Library of Congress. These early printed volumes are the predecessors of today's illustrated books. The Heavenly Craft celebrates these origins, making these early publications available to bibliophiles and print lovers.

Biografía del autor: Daniel De Simone is the curator of the Lessing J.Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress. He was formerly the owner of an antiquarian book company and spent twenty-five years in the rare book trade.

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