I have been printmaking for fifty years and I taught etching for a short period. What a pity I didn't have this book as a student! Each printmaker has his own way of working and to have these artists telling you exactly how they produce their work is fascinating. For students and beginners it should be preceded by some manual to explain the basics in order to get started with things like the strengths of acids and how to lay a ground, etc. When you read this book you move from individual technical practice to fascinating creative end products. This is very well demonstrated in the excellent illustrations.