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From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and pure luck, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history’s most vivid colours.
This history of colour concentrates largely on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a collection of original colour material including charts, colour wheels, artists’ palettes, swatches and schemes.
This is a visual guide to all the different methods of printmaking, from woodcuts to etching and engraving, screen-printing and lithography. It includes illustrated step by step demonstrations for learning to apply the processes.
This is an illustrated resource on all the different printmaking techniques, including instructions, accompanied by profiles of artists working in the different media.
A landmark publication that catalogues the history and development of the printed image.
This comprehensive handbook covers materials and equipment, tools, papers and presses, used in intaglio printing. There are detailed instructions for etching, engraving, drypoint, collagraphs, tuilegraphs, and the Blake transfer method.
Large illustrated books of natural history are some of the greatest books ever created. Ray Desmond tells their stories - how and why they were created, the problems encountered in their productions, and the beauty of the end results.
A panorama of book design from its earliest history to recent years. It traces the history of fine books against a background of changing patrons, improving technology, religious and social change, and the state of the arts throughout the world.
This beautifully illustrated book introduces us to a rare collection of botanical artworks, rare books and manuscripts. It includes Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogues and explorers’ notebooks.
Comprising more than 500 years of printed botanical illustrations, this compendium of black-and-white and colour images begins with medieval illuminated manuscripts and woodcuts from the early days of printing.
Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 to provide plants for the medicinal training of apothecaries. This has always been supported by plant illustrators. The botanical illustrations in this book date mostly from the 20th and 21st centuries.
The 17th and 18th centuries saw a 'flowering' of botanical illustration and witnessed the production of some of the greatest books of plant illustration ever produced.
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