How to Identify Prints

A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet


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Bamber Gascoigne


Is it a woodcut, an etching, or a lithograph? Is it an original stipple engraving or a photogravure reproduction? Is the colour printed or added by hand? Arranged in self-contained sections that can be consulted individually or as part of a larger research operation, the book simplifies accurate identification of any printed image.Included are manual methods, and also the mechanical processes that constitute the vast majority of printed images around us. In all some ninety different techniques are described, both monochrome and colour.

Essential aspects of printing history and the printmaking craft receive full coverage, and examples are given of the identifying features that help to reveal the type of print, such as varities of line and tone. Of particular interest are the many illustrations of enlarged details showing the different appearance of various techniques under strong magnification.

The one great change during the last twenty years has been the high-quality inkjet and laser prints that are now part of everyday life. How can one tell whether an attractive image is valuable in its own right or merely a reproduction? As cheap printing processes become more sophisticated, it inevitably becomes harder to identify correctly an image of this kind. Bamber Gascoigne’s new observations in this area, added for this revised edition, will prove invaluable.

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Weight 962 g
Dimensions 21.9 x 24.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 18 May 2004
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.9 x 24.9 cm
Weight 962 g


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Bamber Gascoigne is a British writer and television presenter, well known for being the original host on University Challenge.