New York: Pencil Points Press, Inc., 1928. First edition. Black cloth 4to. 12" x 9". 431 pp. Numerous black and white illustrations and several in color. Color frontispiece plus an another full color illustration. Illustrated endpapers. Inscription in ink on free front endpaper. A tight, clean copy with one bumped corner and one rubbed corner tip and a little slight rubbing on bottom edge. / Dust jacket is chipped and a little worn along top and bottom edges. Item #429
This book deals sufficiently with method, for the method of the pen and ink is a simple thing, familiar to all. In its approach to the more specific problem of actual line drawing this book leads into and through all those line treatments most familiar and natural to the hand, with full examples given, such as the slow and the fast line and the shaded and the unshaded line, the right wrist movement and the left, and the direct downward stroke and the easy brush-like to-and-fro movement, with many others, all of which at their very beginnings allow of easy adaption and variation according to individual or personal tendency or whim,. It leads also along, with clear and adequate text, into the primary application of these treatments in outline, in tone rendering, and texture and surface presentation. More than this, by the fine selection of the examples of the work of many men of many periods, the book is a veritable gallery of pen and ink art. In this not only are the older traditions in this work well maintained but those trends toward newer traditions have not been by any means overlooked, so that, aside from its value from the standpoint of practical utility, this book also has a fine inspirational value.