How Prints Look: Photographs with Commentary

Front Cover
Beacon Press, 1987 - Art - 188 pages
1 Review
This unique book is the classic introduction to appearances of various types of prints and the techniques involved in producing them. Combining a rich selection of illustrations with explanatory commentary, the revised edition also includes a new introduction, additional illustrations, and a bibliography.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

A useful and pithy collection of photographs of early (mostly) illustration production methods. Ivins' witty and trenchant commentary really makes the book. Read full review


The Relief Processes
The Intaglio Processes
The Planographic Processes
Color in Prints
Of Copies Facsimiles and Other Bothersome Matters
Notes on a Few Points of Interest
List of Illustrations

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page vi - Remember that there are parts of what it most concerns you to know which I cannot describe to you; you must come with me and see for yourselves. The vision is for him who will see it.
Page ix - At head of title: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "This book is an elementary introduction to the appearances (the outward and visible signs) of prints. It is not a history, and it contains no technical recipes or instructions for print making. Most of the time spent over it should be given to looking at pictures."— Introd.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1987)

William M. Ivins Jr. was the curator of prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1916 to 1946.

Marjorie B. Cohn is the Phlip and Lynn Straus Conservator of Works of Art on Paper and head conservator at the Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums. 

Bibliographic information