An Introduction to a History of Woodcut, with a Detailed Survey of Work Done in the Fifteenth Century - Vol. 2

An Introduction to a History of Woodcut, with a Detailed Survey of Work Done in the Fifteenth Century - Vol. 2

An Introduction to a History of Woodcut, with a Detailed Survey of Work Done in the Fifteenth Century - Vol. 2

An Introduction to a History of Woodcut, with a Detailed Survey of Work Done in the Fifteenth Century - Vol. 2

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We have already noted how the Venetian woodcutters and playing-card makers in 1441 essayed to protect their trade against foreign competition; and how in consequence regulations were made forbidding the import of every kind of print.1 But this does not seem to have interfered with the continued influence of the foreign craftsman, which became even more marked in the early years of book-printing in Italy. The pupils of the earliest German printers soon realised the extensive field that lay before them, and many turned South, preferring the places where they would be pioneers rather than remaining among many competitors in their own country. It is probable also that they took with them their own cutters, or they may even have ventured to undertake block-cutting themselves when free from the restrictions imposed by the guilds in their own country.

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