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Publishing the Fine & Applied Arts 1500-2000

This new volume of the Publishing Pathways series examines the relationship between the business of print and the practice of art and design across five centuries. It explores the role played by the book trade in the diffusion of artistic and architectural theory, fashion, and practice, and traces the impact of advances in the techniques of binding, color printing, and illustration on the appearance of books. Among the topics discussed are the printed sources for decorative motifs in sixteenth-century churches, the publication history of the works of Andrea Palladio, and the evolution of drawing manuals in seventeenth-century England. Other subjects include the library formed by the architect Sir John Soane, developments in nineteenth-century art publishing, and the role of printed catalogues in documenting the acquisitions made by English collectors of paintings, sculpture, and antiquities.
Published on 10 July 2012
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Edited by Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote


This new volume of the Publishing Pathways series examines the relationship between the business of print and the practice of art and design across five centuries. It explores the role played by the book trade in the diffusion of artistic and architectural theory, fashion, and practice, and traces the impact of advances in the techniques of binding, color printing, and illustration on the appearance of books. Among the topics discussed are the printed sources for decorative motifs in sixteenth-century churches, the publication history of the works of Andrea Palladio, and the evolution of drawing manuals in seventeenth-century England. Other subjects include the library formed by the architect Sir John Soane, developments in nineteenth-century art publishing, and the role of printed catalogues in documenting the acquisitions made by English collectors of paintings, sculpture, and antiquities.


With essays by:


Mirjam Foot: ‘It’s pretty, but is it Art?’

Malcolm Jones: Metal-cut border ornaments in Parisian-printed Books of Hours as design sources for sixteenth-century English works of art

Charles Hind: Publishing Palladio in England, 1650-1750

Meghan Doherty: The Young-Mans Time Well Spent: Learning to Draw from a Master

Susan Palmer: Building a Library: Evidence from Sir John Soane’s Archive

Abraham Thomas: Colour Printing and Design Reform: Owen Jones and the Birth of Chromolithography

Rowan Watson: Art Publishing and the Leisure Market, from the 1840s to the 1870s

Charles Sebag-Montefiore: The Art Collector and the Catalogue from the early 1620s to the early 2000s

Available in August 2012 from Oak Knoll and The British Library:

Publishing the Fine and Applied Arts 1500 - 2000.


Edited by Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote. New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library 2012. 288 pages. Illustrations. Hardcover, dust jacket.

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