Art and Practice of Etching, The;; with directions for other methods of light and entertaining Engraving

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The Art and Practice of Etching

ALKEN, Henry. The Art and Practice of Etching; with directions for other methods of light and entertaining Engraving. London: S. and J. Fuller, 1849.

First edition. Small quarto (7 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches; 184 x 137 mm.). 58, [1], [5, ads] pp. Five etched plates including frontispiece, and four aquatint plates.

Publisher's fine grain purple cloth decorated in blind, front cover titled in gilt, yellow coated end-papers. Spine a little faded otherwise a very fine copy. Small, neat bookplate of Maxine and Joel Spitz on front paste-down.
Housed in a later quarter brown morocco clamshell case.

"Published by Henry Alken, senr., two years before his death. In the preface (p. 7) he approvingly refers to the example set by an illustrious sovereign and her royal consort in using the small leisure which affairs of state leave at their disposal with this most entertaining and most refined art of etching." (Schwerdt I, p. 12)

A treatise on the technique of etching by one of Britain's greatest ever sporting artists. An avid sportsman, Henry Alken specialized in depicting hunting, coaching, racing, shooting and fishing scenes. British sporting periodicals frequently carried his illustrations. In The Art and Practice of Etching, he extracts from over forty years of experience, both the practicing and the teaching of his art into an excellent practical manual.

Schwerdt I, p. 12. Item #03258

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