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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2000
An excellent sourcebook for illustrations of hands. Hands doing anything and everything. Keep in mind when the title says 19th century, it literally means 1800-1899, so there will be no modern subjects in the illustrations. No phones, computers, remote controls, etc., but there are hundreds of hands performing 19th century tasks. Also included are prosthetics, a sign language alphabet, palmistry illustrations, medical illustrations and even hands performing shadow puppets. All in all you get a lot of drawings of hands. I found this book better than most clip art books in the fact that the style of the illustrations varies more. There are pen and ink using crosshatching technique and solid, bold line art, so the feel of the illustrations varies more and you are more likely to find what you are looking for. Great Book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2000
This book must have taken a while to research as it has the most wonderful illustrations of hands. Being an artist I really appreciate this book. The illustrations are perfect for photo- copying and can be used for photo transfer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2014
I bought this book out of sheer curiosity. I was curious how an entire clip art book of hands was possible and, truthfully, I dreaded I made a mistake making this purchase. However, I was wonderfully surprised when this book arrived. Many of the hands featured are operating wonderfully bizarre 19th century machines and mechanisms and there are even some anatomical skeletal hands included. Also, noteworthy, was the sign language, both one-handed and two-handed alphabets. I am very impressed with this book and it is a definite keeper for my mixed media art!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2007
I love these pictures for use in all types of collage work. The "hands" come in a variety of sizes, shapes and actions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2010
hands, hands and more hands in all sorts of positions. if you're looking for hyper realistic hand reference, then this is not what you're looking for. i think it's an awesome reference book!!
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on July 16, 2013
Need reference for an "Ole Timey" sign saying "This Way!" this is the book you want. I mean it has a lot of other good reference for differently position hands and gestures. For the price, if you're a graphic designer this book will pay it self off after one job.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
This book is another wonderful Dover publication, full of tons of useful images of hands. I love having this book to incorporate the hands in my artwork.
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on December 30, 2013
A lovely book filled with wonderful (and some odd) illustrations of hands. the illustrations are nice and big. I would have loved to have a hardcover copy of this!
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on July 30, 2015
No idea how to draw, I just love looking at hands and imagining movement. Pages filled with hands of all shapes and movements. Love it.
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on May 13, 2015
If you need a book of references for drawing hands, this is the holy grail. Over 1,000 examples, need I say more?
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