Francis Barlow: first master of English book illustration
London, Scolar Press, 1978
(26 cm), 237 (1) pp., 107 black & white illustrations. Errata slip loosely inserted. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Account of the first native English book illustrator, concentrating on his principal works: Theophila (1652), a religious poem by Edward Benlowes, and three series of illustrations to Aesop: Aesop’s Fables (1666), Ogilby’s Aesopics and Androcleus (1668), and Life of Aesop (1687). About half the text is devoted to the work of contemporary book illustrators, in particular Marcus Gheeraerts, Francis Cleyn, and Wenceslaus Hollar. The book is rich in information of a bibliographical nature. ¶ Clean tear (1 cm) in dust jacket. Excellent copy.