On the Bookshelf

I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the books which have been most helpful to me in the past few years. In the past decade, there has been an upsurge in the attention given to medieval, renaissance and early modern printmaking, with methods and techniques being re-examined, and collections still being reassessed and relabelled – something I suspect will be going on for a long time yet. And of course, some truly inspiring books have been published – in particular, the books by Parshall, Stijnman and Dackerman are wonderful for both their scholarly, and visual, content.

If the information in these books had have been more widely accessible in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, well, I would have been a very, very happy printmaker. However, I’m still more than happy to be making up for lost time, there is still so much more to explore and enjoy.


Dackerman, Susan

Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts

Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002


De Simone, Daniel ed.

A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books

George Braziller Inc, New York, 2004, for the Library of Congress


Griffiths, Antony

Prints and Printmaking

British Museum Press, 1996


Jecmen, Gregory & Freyda Spira

Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475 – 1540

Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, 2012


Karr Schmidt, Suzanne

Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life

Yale University Press, 2011


Lermilova, Larissa

The Renaissance Engravers: Fifteenth – And Sixteenth – Century Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts

Parkstone Press, 1996


Mueller, Hans Alexander

Making Woodcuts and Wood Engravings: Lessons by a Modern Master

Dover Publications Inc, 2006


Parshall, Peter

The Woodcut in Fifteenth-century Europe

Yale University Press, 2009


Parshall, Peter & Rainer Schoch, with Richard S. Field, Peter Schmidt, David Areford

The Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-century Woodcuts and Their Public

Yale University Press, 2005


Silver, Larry & Elizabeth Wyckoff, eds.

Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Durer and Titian

Yale University Press, 2009


Stijnman, Ad

Engraving and Etching 1400-2000: A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes

Archetype Publications Ltd, 2012


Twyman, Michael

The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques

University of Toronto Press, 1999