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Christopher Plantin and Engraved Book Illustrations in Sixteenth-Century Europe

ISBN-10: 0521852765

ISBN-13: 9780521852760

Edition: 2008

Authors: Karen L. Bowen, Dirk Imhof, Karen Lee Bowen, D. Imhof

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This is an interdisciplinary study of Christopher Plantins pioneering role in the production and distribution of books with engraved and etched illustrations in sixteenth-century Europe. Using the rich archival sources at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Belgium, Karen Bowen and Dirk Imhof examine the artists that worked on these illustrations, the types of illustrations that appealed to specific markets, and the technological, cultural and economic constraints under which Christopher Plantin operated as he ventured into this new area of publishing. They demonstrate how Plantins innovations led to a revolutionary change in taste for book illustrations and place his work within the broader context of the European book trade of the late sixteenth-century and Antwerps political, economic, cultural and religious history. This is a major contribution to the history of the book, art history and the economic and social history of early modern Europe.
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Book details

List price: $179.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 474
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Matters of notation and abbreviations
Introduction: precedents for Plantin's work
Printing with intaglio illustrations
"L'excellente, & fameuse Cite d'Anvers": Antwerp and its artists
Plantin's first projects with engravings (1559-1571)
Liturgical editions and the spread of engraved book illustrations
The 1580s and Plantin's etched book illustrations
Plantin prints for others' editions with intaglios
Conclusion
Appendices
The artists who worked on Plantin's intaglio illustrations
Plantin's price calculating schema for his liturgical editions
Sales of Plantin's editions with intaglio illustrations
Inventories of Plantin's stock of copper plates
Editions with intaglio illustrations that Plantin printed for others
References
Index