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The Important Autumn Art Books

THE IMPORTANT AUTUMN ART It is to be confessed that there is a note of larking
BOOKS . here and there and even a chapter of verse.

Mr. Keppel has done the arts of engraving ser-
It would be difficult to find any one vice on many occasions, in addresses at the universi-
better qualified to write a "Specialist's ties and museums and before such societies as the
Story About Fine Prints," as the subtitle has it, than Grolier Club, and also in articles contributed to
Mr. Frederick Keppel, whose " Golden Age of En- various magazines and in catalogues to special exhi-
graving" (The Baker & Taylor Company) is just bitions. In bringing together a number of such pa-
coming from the press. Next to farming, which the pers a certain amount of repetition is so inevitable
author avows as his first choice among careers, he that an attempt to avoid it is hardly worth while,
cared most for books, so that, when a disaster in a In this book no one will quarrel with an apt remark
Canadian haying field closed his preferred vocation for reappearing once or twice or think any the
for him, he drifted into the
bookselling business in New
York City. Distinguished
men frequently come from
the farm to the center, but
it is sufficiently unusual for
them to be pitchforked into
their life work accidentally
and against their choice to
invest with a special interest
the author's "chiefly per-
sonal" introductory chapter,
in itself a thing no reader
will be inclined to skip.
The glimpses of printsellers
here and in London are of
the quaintest sort, touched
off in delightful narrative.
The picture of Mrs. Noseda,
that downright and upright,
aggressive and positive
worthy; of Mr. Benoni •
White, of Brownlow Street,
the printseller who was far
too fond of his treasures to
think of parting with them,
and actually locked the front
door of his shop to keep out
buyers; the incident of the
fourteenth volume ofBartsch,
which Mr. Keppel picked out
one wakeful night as fitted
to put him to sleep and
which, on the contrary, he
spent the night in reading
through and to such good
purpose, too, that he was.
able to recognize a Marcan-
tonio Raimondi from the top

of an Omnibus next day in a From "Golden Age oj Engraving." Copyright, 191°, by Baker &° Taylor Company

six-penny printshop window portrait of the dry point by

—such matter is beguiling. sculptor dalou alphonse legros

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