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Christopher Plantin and Engraved Book Illustrations in Sixteenth-Century Europe

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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521852760

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  • This is an interdisciplinary study of Christopher Plantin's 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 Plantin's 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 Antwerp's 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.

    • The first detailed study of Plantin's role as a pioneer in book illustration
    • Extensively illustrated with over a hundred examples of the engraved and etched illustrations from books produced by Plantin
    • A major contribution to the history of the book and art history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bowen and Imhof have produced a distinguished study, demonstrating a keen grasp of the technicalities of production, the logistical difficulties of coordinating a new industry, and Plantin’s gift for finding and creating new markets for a new product" -Dan Ewing, HNA Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521852760
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 195 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • contains: 114 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: precedents for Plantin's work
    1. Printing with intaglio illustrations
    2. 'L'excellente, and fameuse Cité d'Anvers': Antwerp and its artists
    3. Plantin's first projects with engravings (1559–1571)
    4. Liturgical editions and the spread of engraved book illustrations
    5. The 1580s and Plantin's etched book illustrations
    6. Plantin prints for others' editions with intaglios.

  • Authors

    Karen L. Bowen
    Karen L. Bowen is an independent scholar and lecturer on book illustration.

    Dirk Imhof, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp
    Dirk Imhof is the curator of rare books and archives at the Plantin-Moretus Museum of Antwerp.

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