Wood-block & stencil by Ken Lodge and Paul Bostock is a comprehensive survey of English card-makers from 1761-1905 with a focus on the wood-block period. The contents are as follows:
Chapter One: Introduction – general discussion of the issues, the sources and the approach.
Chapter Two: The makers – a list of all the makers we know of, their addresses and dates, plus the timeline version, including a section on difficult cases such as importers and obscure firms listed under card-makers.
Chapter Three: The list of duty aces maker by maker identifying known examples.
Chapter Four: The block analysis – introduction to the method and discussion of the findings.
Chapter Five: The stencil analysis – introduction to the method and discussion of the findings.
Chapter Six: Type III and later developments.
Appendix: Mixed packs and odd courts
The block analysis and the stencil analysis cover the period 1790-1830; the former is the presentation of distinctive features of the outlines of each court figure, and the latter is a presentation of the colour distribution by stencil. The aim is to show how each maker had a slightly different product, even though the differences might be very slight in some cases.
The book contains 121 pages plus title page, is perfect bound with a flexible cover, and costs £40 + postage
This 60 page, A4 format, book is full of graphics and descriptive text to turn this subject into a new collectable area for the enthusiast.
Excellent reading material
THE book on THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY
All issued cards listed in FULL color.
134 pages packed with everything – you would wish to know.
The History of the Company
The Role of the Company and
Tax on Playing Cards – Grant of Livery – Operations of the Company
Events and venues of the Company – Prominent Liverymen – Grant of Arms – Charitable Trust
Recent History – The Boxes for the cards – and many other goodies
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