English Woodcuts 1480-1535.

Hodnett, E.

ISBN 10: 0901420131 / ISBN 13: 9780901420138
Verlag: Bibliographical Society, London, 1973 reprint with additions and corrections of 1935 first edition, 1973
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Cloth, 4to, 28 cm, xv, 483, xvii, 82 pp, ills. "The task that lay before me, then, was to examine every extant book printed in England between 1480 and 1535, inclusive, list every one containing a woodcut, describe every cut, and note every book in which it occurs. While I have been at considerable pains to accomplish this aim, my best hope must be that oversights and ignorance of the existence of unrecorded books have not brought me too far short of its realization. Books printed in English on the Continent have not been included because to do so would swell the book with irrelevant material. The book is divided into the Introduction, the Bibliography of Illustrated Books, the Catalogue of Cuts, the Facsimiles, and the Index of Cuts by Sizes. The Catalogue of Cuts is the core of the book. As a matter of fact, however, I did not begin putting the Catalogue together until I had seen most of the books of the period, had made notes about each cut in each illustrated book seen, and had collected a great many photostats. Then I worked my way through the illustrated books a second time, describing each cut and listing the books in which it occurred as I went along. It soon became clear that the descriptions could be brief—as the limitations of space demanded they must be. Among the 2,500 cuts that I have described, few are of exactly the same size and design, so that, given the dimensions, one can identify almost any cut with reasonable certainty if in the description the figures are correctly placed, and if the chief features and a significant detail or two are noted. To this end in describing a cut I have always moved from left to right, although at the end of many descriptions I have added miscellaneous items, such as the number of windows, which should not be understood as being on the right side of the design. I have invariably mentioned the kind of nimbus a figure wears, tile floors, and the kind of border, unless it is a single rule. In the descriptions I have tried to indicate what can be seen rather than what the picture is meant to represent, a practice that, combined with a desire to save words, at times works out awkwardly, as when an unmounted knight in armour joins the genus soldier. To prevent confusion among cuts of the same size and design, I have given cross-references and distinguishing details. In recording the history of individual cuts I have attempted to include notes on their condition, principally as regards breaks in the borders and the presence of worm-holes. Such notes are incremental—that is, the breakage at a certain date is in addition to, not inclusive of, any breaks noted in an earlier occurrence.As a means of reference to the Catalogue I have prepared the Index of Cuts by Sizes. Here the cuts of all printers are listed together, the only division being the customary Religious and Non-Religious one. After the dimensions of each cut comes a two- or three-word description of it and then the Catalogue running number.As a natural corollary to preparing the Catalogue of Cuts I have drawn up the Bibliography of Illustrated Books (1480-1535), which is arranged according to printers in the same manner as the Catalogue - Caxton, D Worde, Pynson, Minor Printers. Each printer’s books are listed chronologically. In an effort to give some sort of coherent statement of the material in the Catalogue and the Bibliography I have written the Introduction. This consists of following chronologically the output of each printer with remarks on the important books, series of cuts, and single cuts. " - from the foreword. Slight bumping to fore-edge of front board, newspaper clipping concerning a review tipped-in to front free endpaper, otherwise near Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-36517

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Titel: English Woodcuts 1480-1535.

Verlag: Bibliographical Society, London, 1973 reprint with additions and corrections of 1935 first edition

Erscheinungsdatum: 1973

Einband: Hardcover


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