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The most comprehensive book of its kind, this gorgeous edition presents more than 500 reproductions by famous and even more interesting, lesser-known artists from the heyday of book and magazine illustration. Featured artists include Edmund Dulac, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, and many others — but also lesser-recognized greats like Will Crawford, Helen Stratton, Edward Penfield, E.J. Sullivan, Charles E. Chambers, 101 in all. Several examples of each artist's finest illustrations are accompanied by well-written biographical comments and career notes.
Editor and author Jeff Menges is the man behind many, if not all, of the superlative new books coming out from Dover and their imprint, Calla Books. Jeff started with a book on Howard Pyle's Pirates with Dover, which took some convincing. But his publisher quickly realized how popular these Golden Age Illustrators were, and today we have literally dozens of Calla facsimile books bringing the Golden Age of Illustration to us in economical but beautifully produced volumes.
This is another one, and yet unique. It addresses a need for more information and examples of a great many illustrators who have been long-neglected as Rackam, Dulac and Parrish get most of the limelight. This is an area that I will immodestly say that I am an expert in. I not only deal in books by and about all these illustrators, I collect most of them.This has been a specialty of mine since the 1970s, and I can thus state unequivocally this is a must-have book. Even for me, knowing many of these artists, I see some names I don't recognize, and I see work that is new to me, as well as work it's wonderful to see again.
For this reason, I picked our four interior scans strictly from these lesser-known artists: E.J. Sullivan (the skeleton stolen by the Grateful Dead as their logo), Edward Penfield (the lovely Life Magazine cover of a vintage English coach), Virgina Sterrett, and Hermann Vogel (the Cinderella-like piece). Vogel is a particular surprise--even veteran specialist booksellers don't know his work, since 98% of it only was published in Germany. But I turned Charles Vess onto Vogel--really--and several other artists who are now looking for his work. -Bud
Additional artists include Victorian-era illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, noted for his compelling combinations of the erotic and grotesque; American painter Harvey Dunn, one of Howard Pyle's most accomplished students; James Montgomery Flagg, famed for his U.S. Army recruitment posters; Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the iconic Gibson Girl; Charles R. Knight, a pioneer in the depiction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; Frederic Remington, whose works document the Old West; J. Allen St. John, the principal illustrator of Edgar Rice Burroughs's adventure tales; and dozens of others.
- Additional Information
Item Code 101GR Publisher Dover Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9780486430812 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 256pg Color Partial Color
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