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NEW TITLE: Bookplates by Beilby & Bewick

New from Oak Knoll Press & The British Library
A catalogue and account of a remarkable English bookplate workshop

A Biographical Dictionary
by Nigel Tattersfield

Forty years before the turn of the 18th century, a small, prestigious
bookplate shop was established, the likes of which were never to be seen
again after its employment of one man: Thomas Bewick. To this day, the works
of the bookplate shop of Beilby & Bewick are highly collectible and valuable
in the antiques world.

This account describes the  several hundred bookplates engraved on copper
and wood, executed and printed in the workshop over a period of 89 years. It
is quite the most extensive and thorough study of this subject in its use of
the primary sources. The author's lively enthusiasm and careful scholarship
have combined to produce a valuable and truly pioneering work on a subject
hitherto clouded by speculation and optimistic attribution.
Nigel Tattersfield has taken full advantage of the recently-opened archives
of Beilby & Bewick to reveal a vast range of work, from banknotes and
inscriptions in silver, to the making of type punches and bottle moulds. The
workshop's surviving records are unique in their diversity and quantity. In
recent years, the records have been used in the study of engraved silver,
pottery transfers, and the preparatory studies for Bewick's wood engravings.

Bookplates is fully illustrated, with over 300 examples, and offers a wealth
of biographical information on the owners of the bookplates. Tattersfield's
work represents an important contribution to the social history of the north
of England. Co-published with The British Library.

1999, hardcover with dust jacket, 7 x 10 inches, 384 pages.
ISBN 1-884718-91-4 / Order# 54988-Z / Price $95.00 + shipping.

Available in North & South America from:
Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware Street, New Castle DE 19720 USA
Phone (302) 328-7232 / Toll free: 1-800-996-2556 / Fax (302) 328-7274
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Available elsewhere through The British Library.

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