Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Tuesday through Saturday
Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Monday, August 12, 2013
Thomas Bewick improved wood engraving
It is the birthday of English engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753), who is remembered for pioneering a new technique of engraving boxwood across the grain that allowed for more detailed illustrations. His technique made wood engraving the printing method of choice for a hundred years. Bewick also wrote, illustrated and published A History of British Birds (two volumes, published in 1797 and 1804), the prototype of modern field guides. Bewick's shop also produced bookplates, letterhead stationery, shop advertising cards, and fine art prints. He illustrated Select Fables (1776) for bookseller/publisher Robert Dodsley and contributed to later volumes by Dodsley. He also published a three-volume The Fables of Aesop and Others (1818), using some of the earlier illustrations.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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