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Men: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – June 1, 1980
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Spanning a variety of geographical locations and historical periods, these delightfully old-fashioned renderings depict Eskimos in kayaks, medieval knights, Roman gladiators, magicians, firemen, soldiers, miners, beggars, fops, dandies, Prussian generals, shepherds, artists, acrobats, bullfighters, doctors, mythological and religious figures (Laocoon, Buddha, Moses, etc.), monks, prisoners, and more, representing nearly every masculine occupation and activity imaginable.
The material in this book has been chosen to reflect the diversity of the subject, to illustrate the variety of styles of wood engraving, and to be of maximum use to artists and designers. Reproduced from such periodicals as Illustrated London News, La Nature, Leslie's, and Harper's, these engravings will solve a great many illustration problems at a very low cost. All 412 illustrations are in line and immediately usable; many have been silhouetted by Mr. Harter to increase their usefulness. This is an unusually comprehensive and helpful sourcebook that belongs in the working library of every modern artist or illustrator.
Original Dover (1980) publication.
About the Author
Jim Harter is a successful artist and editor of several Dover Pictura CD-ROM Books, including Harter's Picture Archive for Collage and Illustration, Landscapes and Cityscapes for Artists and Craftspeople, Nautical Illustrations, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
due to the outstanding price i can understand why a disc was not included, so i was ready to scan the images i liked, but the paper they used for the book is low quality, the printing inks bleed and the true lines were lost, the images are some what blotchy. The book are great if your ready to rebuild the images in vector, but the images as is will not match up with the crisp edges of the fonts you use while designing. over all i'm happy because they were priced so low and i always re-build Dover work in illustrator, but if your looking to cut and past scanned images into photoshop, the Dover are will look soft.
Huge complaint though... I just wish I knew what I was looking at. I wish the editor who collected the prints had included some sort of informative reference to the prints. Even if I just knew the year the print was from... or which magazine it ran in... or (in my wildest dreams) an actual description of what the person is wearing.
But I paid only $3.99 so it's good eye candy for the price. I would have been willing to pay five times that, however, to get more info on the clothing.
I purchased two collections compiled by Jim Harter to use on some of my Websites. The publisher, Dover owns the copyrights and permits one to use up to 10 illustrations in the same publication, without written permission.
Question: what constitutes a "publication"? Are we permitted scan and reduce the size of the images? Colorize them? Cut them out and use them in collages? Most copyright laws permit you to use the images in certain ways and not in others. Some of these images would look really nice printed on a shower curtain. Is that curtain considered a "publication".
I'm bringing this up because there is a move on the part of some publishers and entrepreneurs to secure copyrights for other public-domain books and illustrations like these and get the term of copyrights extended to 100 years. They are also trying to get penalties strengthened for copyright violation.
Amazon currently offers many "classic" public-domain Kindle books for free. The new owners of the copyrights would likely charge "whatever the market will bear". Unfortunately, this will prevent perhaps millions of potential readers from not only enjoying but "learning" from these great books!
Up commerce! Down Culture!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it, great book, cheap and brand new. Lots of great pics to use for reference, clip art for collages and flyers.Published on June 28, 2014 by wretchee
The pictures in this book are too diverse and particular. One would like a wide array of pictures of men in not too defined circumstances to use elsewhere - but most of the men in... Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by K. Kilian
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! It has a wonderful variety of awesome pictures. The print quality is very good. Excellent!Published on December 6, 2013 by April Stephens
rubbish without color,all the pictures could be found on the internet. don't buy it next time. otherwise you be disappointed.Published on October 17, 2013 by Dachuan Liu