Jersey City, NJ: Joseph Dixon Crucible Company, n.y. Suite of 20 black-and-white prints, 4to (8¼" X 11"), housed loose in printed wrappers. Near fine/very good. Nice, bright prints all show single pin hole at center of blank top margin, while wrappers show slight age toning and edgewear, mainly along centerfold. Item #47201
Attractive portfolio of 20 prints, titled "Technical Hints in the use of The Pencil" on the wrapper, all bold pencil sketches by this Massachusetts pencil maestro (1884-1969), an educator, print maker and author of instructional booklets. Each of these highly-visual prints is a mini-lesson in artistic rendering by pencil and each offers concise comments on the pencil(s) used and special techniques. The subject of each leaf ranges, but these delightfully appealing images generally include drawing lessons on architectural features such as stone walls, columns and arches, tiled and other roofs, doors, "An English Interior," "A Colonial Interior," ironwork, etc. "Pencil Department" listed alongside the publisher tells you these prints are also a promotional vehicle for pencil products! Not dated, but likely of 1940s vintage. How many a full set consists of is not clear, for groupings of various sizes are seen and the company may have varied their contents widely -- 20 prints, as here, is the largest grouping we have encountered.