First published in 1980, Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England is a detailed and comprehensive survey of the steel engravings that were so popular in the nineteenth century.
With an extensive range of illustrations, the book refutes the assumption that steel engravings are of little artistic value or importance, a common attitude rooted largely in the connection between steel engravings and mass-produced books. Beginning with an exploration of the identification problems and early history of steel engravings, it moves through the production and printing of the plates and on to a study of several engravers and artists, as well as of the books themselves.
Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England will appeal to anyone interested in the history of printing and illustration.
Table of Contents
List of plates; Preface; Acknowledgements; Chapter one: Introducting the steel engraving; Chapter two: Siderography and after; Chapter three: Warren's steel plates; Chapter four: The art of steel engraving; Chapter five: The corporate life of the engravers; Chapter six: Some steel engravers; Chapter seven: The artists; Chapter eight: The books; Chapter nine: Publishing and the publishers; Chapter ten: Plate printing and the printers; Chapter eleven: Decline of the art; Notes; Appendix; Index