(Boston: Goodspeed, 1929). 424 x 304 mm. (16 3/4 x 12").  leaves of text (stitched together); plus 26 folders, loose as issued, containing printed descriptions and specimens. Second Edition.
Original dark green cloth portfolio, upper board with paper label, four original cloth ties. With 41 tipped-on specimens demonstrating different illustration processes, each specimen accompanied by explanatory text. One leaflet with a bit of residue from old tape and a trailing abrasion at the bottom of its first leaf (touching text but no loss), a couple of tiny marginal tears elsewhere, otherwise in outstanding condition. very clean throughout and in a virtually unworn portfolio.
This appealing, instructive, and useful collection offers detailed descriptions and real examples of 23 illustration methods used in print. The processes covered here include: etching, dry-point, aquatint, stipple engraving, crayon method, woodcut, mezzotint, photogravure, rotogravure, lithographs, Japanese prints, and more. The specimens are stacked, unbound, as issued, inside the portfolio, with each specimen appearing as part of a four-page leaflet, the front page of the leaflet with the title, the second page with the process explained, the facing page with the tipped-on specimen, and the fourth page usually with the commentary continued. The processes are the key here but we also know a good deal of the artists involved: one print comes from the 1497 Latin edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, and other illustrators include Thomas Bewick, Samuel Chamberlain, and Waldo Murray. Additional names of other artists and engravers can be gleaned from the prints themselves. Louis Holman (1866-1939) was an illustrator, art writer, and an authority on Keats, and from 1915-30 ran the print department at Goodspeed's Book Shop in Boston before opening his own specialty firm. One can find copies of this item, but they are invariably made disagreeable by signs of use because of the repeated opening and closing of the portfolio; the present copy is very close to how it appeared at the time of publication. (ST15995)
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PJP Catalog: ABAAvfMay20.028