This book supplies everything needed to identify the different print types like an expert. From woodcuts and engravings right through to the modern laserjet and inkjet prints, you name it, it’s covered.
I’ve seen numerous books on the techniques of print making but little on how to identify prints. This filled that somewhat void by taking, as the author calls it, a Sherlock Holmes approach to identification.
The author states the book is not for reading but rather dipping into. However I found the first section on the diverse kinds of print to be an invaluable backgrounder. The book is easy to follow and has plenty of illustrations.
What it says in the title. It was just what I wanted (it was externally recommended). It helps you to identify the technology used, not the artist nor the subject matter. I do not know enough to be aware of anything missing, but it made me aware of many things I did not already know about the various methods and sub-methods of making prints.
This is a well written, reader friendly, informative book. It is set out for practical use with extensive cross referencing. The tone is informal and the concepts are clearly and simply stated. As indicated at the start of the book it is written for practical usage rather than cover to cover reading and it is set out with this in mind. The illustrations are a considerable aid to understanding. The great intelligence and usage of it by the author is apparent everywhere.
This is an invaluable tool to both the collector and enthusiast of print. "How to Identify Prints: A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet" is not a read, but a tool to help identify that recent acquisition or old find. Unless one has spent many years studying to acquire the printmaker's knowledge how would one distinguish between an etching, engraving or drypoint, this book demystifies, elucidates and explains the telltale differences.
A very useful publication. I am a novice collector of certain prints and found the information contained in the publication excellent and it answered all my questions and concerns. The "Sherlock Holmes Approach" section is very useful and has already helped me detect some good and not so good opportunities. The added bonus is the enjoyment of knowing all the processes that have taken place in each print.
This book was absolutely indispensible to me when I worked for an International Art Auctioneers. I admit this was in 1988, and a previous edition of this title, but I couldn't have done without it. I note the new edition has a 'Sherlock Holmes detection' section which is an improvement - however, I managed well without this, just due to the clear explanations in the text and illustrations. It helps to have a small magnifying spyglass handy for finer details. Absolute godsend - hope the new edition proves as useful today as the earlier incarnation!
The book is a precise and detailed work which cannot be read in one sitting ! Every type of print technique is described and numerous tips given to identify the varieties of printing technique. The crowning glory is the Sherlock Holmes identifier, which leads you through numerous questions in order to identify the print. The book is worth the money for this alone.