The Print-collector's Handbook by Alfred WhitmanThe Print-collector's Handbook by Alfred Whitman

The Print-collector's Handbook

byAlfred Whitman

Paperback | January 19, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII Collectors' Methods Hav1ng briefly passed in review all the leading styles of engraving, a few words as to collectors' methods may be helpful. For a number of years the writer was associated with a collector, the range of whose acquisitions extended from buttons to fire-backs, who adopted the system of keeping a kind of day-book in which was entered every purchase, with its date, price, name and address of seller, and other details; and to each item was assigned a number. This system, though elaborate, was of great practical value, and it was surprising how frequently a reference to the book was required. On the other hand, an equally eminent collector, who recently passed away, once remarked to the writer that such a book would have made him shudder, for it would have recalled to him the high prices he had sometimes paid for objects of little value. He added, no one can expect invariably to steer clear of pitfalls. Felix Slade, the founder of the fine art professorships at Oxford and Cambridge, and at University College, London, made quality of impression the first article of his collecting creed, and nothing less than the best possible would satisfy him. Therefore, should prints from his famous cabinet be seen, they will almost certainly be found to be of the greatest excellence. The late Chaloner Smith, whose important work on mezzotint por traits has an assured position in the literature of art, is said to have been attracted to mezzotints by seeing an impression one day in the shop of Evans the printseller; and at first he put his maximum price for a print at sixpence. In whatever way the amateur may set about forming his cabinet, and whatever aims he may have in view, the method of keeping a day-book and carefully noting the purchases a...
Title:The Print-collector's HandbookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217282407

ISBN - 13:9780217282406