To those who collect prints or drawings of any kind, to the artists who make them and to the laymen who would like to know a little more about them, this book is dedicated. Collectors need every book on the subject, and I believe they will find this the most generally useful one in their whole library. Artists will find that their fellow artists have written a large part of this booklet and I doubt whether anyone, no matter how experienced, can read it without gleaning some new theory or some technical point which he had not known before. To the man who is not familiar with these subjects there is a wholly new and fascinating world of adventure and many possibilities for the development of hobbies that will afford a lifetime of beneficial pleasure.
It will be noted that there are some contending opinions and where these occur both sides are presented so the reader can form an idea as to wherein the issue lies and perhaps make up his mind as to which is the more true as time goes on. Such a development of the theories of art would, of course, be quite impossible in any book written by a single commentator; it is in this diversity of expert opinion here expressed that the reader will find a unique and quite true picture of what is going on in the world of art.
Many of those who write on the theories and all of those who write on the practice of the various arts are themselves successful artists, and consequently the information which you receive from them is first-hand and practical. Where the technique of an art is described, there is a discussion of the tools needed, the way to set up one's studio, what kinds of paper to use, etc., I can truthfully say that a number of excellent artists have learned all that . . .