(Vienna: Fiedler, 1972). 9 x 12. 81 pages + approx. 80 leaves of prints. The prints are tipped (or mounted) to black craft paper labeled with the technique. The facing text page gives its history, usage, commercial value, distinguishing features, and what other technique it might be mistaken for. Glassines are between pages. Sheets separating the various graphic methods (raised, intaglio, planographic, other kinds of printing, original drawings), index, and glossary have tabbed, titled fore edges. Padded leatherette binder with brass screws allowing removal of the pages. An engraved copperplate and its printed image are mounted inside the front cover. Fine. Item #18302
A comprehensive, pedagogical, labor-of-love with 110 prints demonstrating 60 graphic techniques. Most of the prints are original, most 19th century. They were acquired from "a large graphic arts collection." Some are new prints made using old techniques, such as niello. These are numbered and signed by the artists. There's a woodcut from 1582, and a chiaroscuro wood cut from 1644 (along with one made for this book, showing the two proofs & final print). One new print demonstrates 11 different techniques of copper engraving side-by-side. In addition to the expected processes, there are examples of reproductive techniques. Most processes are represented by several specimens to demonstrate different style. Many are shown uncolored and colored in various ways. The author wants to ensure that we can distinguish among them. So there are drawings (lead pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastel, sanguine, pen & ink) with notes about what they might be mistaken for (e.g. a brush drawing could be mistaken for an aquatint or a mezzotint). There's an oil painting and a reproduction of an oil painting by oleography. There's also a pochoir with 2 of the stencils used to create it; silk pictures (one printed with an etching, one woven), textile printing, four c19 playing cards, portions of old maps, specimens of old parchments, decorative endpapers, blind embossing & raised printing, nature printing (lace and seaweed). Turning each page is a treat. The post binding allows pages to be removed for display, or to pass around the table. No. 7 of 100 copies in English. There was a German edition in 1975. OCLC locates 11 English copies and 5 German ones.
Each copy was hand assembled and, needless to say, no two copies are alike.