Books On Books Collection – Brian D. Cohen

The Bird Book (2013)

The Bird Book (2013)
Brian D. Cohen & Holiday Eames
Case bound hardback, paper over boards with doublures. H260 x W210 mm. 56 unnumbered pages. Acquired from The Saint Bookstore, 17 September 2022.
Photos: Books On Books Collection. Displayed with the artist’s permission.

Brian Cohen’s inclusion of the following statement makes examining The Bird Book again and again a rewarding effort:

The printmaking technique … used for this book was originally developed by William Blake in 1788. The printing plates for the book were created with acids and engraving on metal (zinc) plates as in traditional etching techniques. The plates were then printed by carefully rolling a thin layer of ink over the surface of the plate, exactly the way a woodblock (relief print) is made. Because the technique combines both etching to create the plates and relief printing, it is termed relief etching. After printing, each individual sheet was hand-colored by brush with watercolor by the artist.

The artist has also encouraged close viewing of each relief etching by hiding its letter in the background, middle ground or foreground — or even the body of the bird.

Further Reading

Abecedaries I (in progress)“. Books On Books Collection.

Shelli Ogilvy“. 28 December 2022. Books On Books Collection.

Carol Schwartzott“. 28 December 2022. Books On Books Collection.

Gascoigne Bamber. 2017. How to Identify Prints : A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet. 2nd ed. London: Thames & Hudson. pp. 7-8.