WOODCUTS AND WOOD ENGRAVINGS: HOW I MAKE THEM, by Hans Alexander Mueller - 1939 [Signed Prints, Ltd Ed]


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Woodcuts & Wood Engravings: How I Make Them

by Hans Alexander Mueller

Two pencil-signed wood engravings are tipped into this book:

  • Self Portrait
  • Frontispiece (title unknown)

Two additional 2-page prints are also tipped in:

  • Don Quixote: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Sails

This is a VERY unique edition of this limited edition book. Published and bound as a gift edition, it is signed by the artist / writer as well as the publisher. In addition to the signatures on the colophon page, TWO of the original tipped-in prints are signed in pencil by Hans Alexander Mueller.

Hans Alexander Mueller (1888 - 1963) was a notable illustrator of the 20th century, known for his woodcuts and wood engravings. He emigrated to the States from Germany in the late 1930s, where he advanced his career as a freelance artist, illustrating many books, periodicals, signs and more. This book, Woodcuts and Wood Engravings: How I Make Them, explains his technique and theory in 56 pages of detail, and is considered by some to be a classic. The rest of the book is filled with examples of his prints that not only illustrate his technique but also highlight his skill and unique style.

Quarter-bound in velum with gilt, with marble paper on the boards, this remarkable copy is a lovely example of fine binding. Of the 3000 copies originally printed of this book, this binding may be the only one of it's kind. The colophon was signed not only by the artist Hans Alexander Mueller, but also by the founder of Pynson Publishing: Elmer Adler, a book aficionado. More than interest in the content of his books, Adler was passionate about printing and binding. So much so that he created a quarterly magazine for book collectors known as The Colophon (1929-1950), which featured high quality and experimental printing techniques, attracting many notable writers, illustrators and publishers.

Publishing Info: Pynson Printers, New York. 1939. 187 pages. 10.25 x 13 inches.

Overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Frontispiece print is on a lighter weight paper, with crisp ink, and seems pristine. This page is clean, gently tanned, with darker aging in the margins.
  • Self-portrait is printed in a heavy black ink on a woven (linen?) paper, and is in great shape. In addition to minor tanning, it also has light foxing along the top margin.
  • The tipped in woodcut from Don Quixote is vibrant, and printed on a parchment-like paper with crisp ink. It has a tiny bit of foxing at the top of the gutter, and a tiny spot in the left margin.
  • "Sails" is a two-color woodcut printed on paper much like the rest of the book. The ink is crisp and the image is brilliant. There are two tiny spots in the lower margin near the crease.
  • The binding of this book is strong and secure.
  • Spine ends are firm. Parchment on spine has moderate dirt. Gilt is clear with very little signs of rubbing. Parchment over cream-colored cloth is split with minor chipping from head of spine at back shoulder.
  • Marble paper over boards exhibits shelfwear, with a couple light scrapes on the boards and exposed board at some points along the edges. Corners are worn, but still firm.
  • Pastedowns have some foxing. Front pastedown and ffep have a narrow water stain along the side edge (largest dimensions .25" x 3"). Back pastedown has a small scrape along the edge (>.25").
  • Inside pages are clean and clear, with light aging and the occasional age mark/spot.
  • MANY ADDITIONAL PHOTOS INCLUDED. Please see the photo before, and click on the thumbnails to see details of the book.
  • CR20140819

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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Binding: Fine Binding
Subject: Art & Photography
Topic: Fine Arts: Monographs
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Origin: American
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Year Printed: 19390000
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