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A History of Wood-Engraving by Woodberry

A HISTORY OF WOOD-ENGRAVING

[Illustration: A HISTORY

OF

WOOD-ENGRAVING

BY

GEORGE E. WOODBERRY

_ILLUSTRATED_

LONDON

SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, & RIVINGTON

CROWN BUILDINGS, 188 FLEET STREET

1883]

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

_All rights reserved._

PREFACE.

In this book I have attempted to gather and arrange such facts as should be known to men of cultivation interested in the art of engraving in wood. I have, therefore, disregarded such matter as seems to belong rather to descriptive bibliography, and have treated wood-engraving, in its principal works, as a reflection of the life of men and an illustration of successive phases of civilization. Where there is much disputed ground, particularly in the early history of the art, the writers on whom I have relied are referred to, and those who adopt a different view are named; but where the facts seemed plain, and are easily verifiable, reference did not appear necessary.

In conclusion, I have the honor to acknowledge my obligations to the officers of the Boston Public Library, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard College Library, for permission to reproduce several cuts in their possession; and to Mr. Lindsay Swift, of the Boston Public Library, for the list of authorities at the end of the volume. Especially it is my pleasant duty to thank Professor Charles Eliot Norton, of Harvard University, from whose curious and valuable collection more than half of these illustrations are derived, both for them and for suggestion, advice, and criticism, without which, indeed, the work could not have been written.

GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY.

CONTENTS.

I. PAGE

_THE ORIGIN OF THE ART_ 13

II. _THE BLOCK-BOOKS_ 30

III. _EARLY PRINTED BOOKS IN THE NORTH_ 45

IV. _EARLY ITALIAN WOOD-ENGRAVING_ 65

V. _ALBERT D?RER AND HIS SUCCESSORS_ 90

VI. _HANS HOLBEIN_ 116

VII. _THE DECLINE AND EXTINCTION OF THE ART_ 135

VIII. _MODERN WOOD-ENGRAVING_ 151

_A LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL WORKS UPON WOOD-ENGRAVING USEFUL TO STUDENTS_ 211

_INDEX_ 217

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.


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