Christopher Plantin and Engraved Book Illustrations in Sixteenth-Century Europe
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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.
List price: $179.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
|List of illustrations|
|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|
|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|