The idea of this book is very simple: to present pictures for you to look at, pictures that are not oil paintings or water colors or Chinese ink scrolls, but prints-pictures made to be printed from plates of wood, metal or stone. It is not primarily a book about the techniques of print making, though some of these will be explained. It is for the pleasure of seeing and absorbing some of the world's great prints, in each of which the artist, like some film director of genius, is the graphic historian of his society. Looking at them, our eyes change the inky lines into images of what we once were like, why and how we lived and loved and poli­ticked and dressed and acted…

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