Twelve Wood Engravings by Robert Gibbings



London: the Baynard Press, 1921.

Robert Gibbings’ first book which he published at his own expense to promote his wood engravings. Number 37 of 125 copies signed by the artist. Printed at the Baynard Press by Sanders Phillips & Co. 10.75 X 8.25 ins. Grey buckram spine with grey paper boards. Title in black on upper cover. Title page, Contents page and 12 recto pages of wood engravings printed from the wood. See Empson, “The Wood Engravings of Robert Gibbings” plates 5(b), 6(b), 8(a), 10(a),(b), 11(a),(b),(d), 13(a),(b), 14(a),(b). A fine copy of this scarce book which exhibits Gibbings’ “vanished line” technique: the defining of a line by placing highlight against shadow leaving the viewer’s eye to complete the shape. All unnecessary detail is eliminated, This technique reached maturity with the artist’s wonderful nude study, “Clear Waters”.A near fine copy.

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