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A hardcover art book documenting the lives and working methods of 41 legendary American illustrators.
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ABOVE: The Special Edition, which ships in a blue slipcase.
ABOVE: The Special Edition, which ships in a blue slipcase.

From 1989 to 2001, author Fred Taraba was a regular contributor to the popular graphic arts magazine Step-By-Step Graphics (no longer in production.) His column, "Methods of the Masters," documented the lives and working methods of some of America's finest Golden Age illustrators. While a number of other writers contributed to the regular column, Fred himself wrote 41 installments. This book is a compilation of those 41 classic articles, which have been extensively reworked and revised with completely new artwork especially prepared for this volume. Featuring 41 of America's greatest illustrators, this book is a showcase for hundreds of reproductions of original paintings, photographs and vintage printed ephemeral materials. Each artist's life and career is discussed, and their working methods are described in detail. This book is a modern classic, and belongs on the bookshelf of every serious student of American illustration history.

The dust jacket design (unfolded.)
The dust jacket design (unfolded.)

Originally released in 2011, this new edition retains the same layout and format as the original, and includes revisions to bring the text up to date. The book is a massive 432 pages, lavishly printed in full color on high quality paper. Hardcover with dust jacket. The retail price will be $60.00. 

Inside you will find 41 chapters devoted to the following legendary illustrators:

Following the successful completion of this Kickstart campaign, the book will be released in August 2016.

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We're also offering a Special Edition of the book, limited to just 100 copies. These are presented in a blue cloth slipcase with white stamped lettering. Each book also contains a full-color bookplate affixed to the front end papers, signed and numbered by author Fred Taraba. The Special Edition is only available through this Kickstarter campaign.

The Special Edition, showing the signed and numbered bookplate.
The Special Edition, showing the signed and numbered bookplate.

Airmail shipping is expensive these days, and this book is quite heavy. Please know that the shipping rates are set by the U.S. postal service, and unfortunately there is nothing we can do to make them more affordable. 

Fred Taraba is a dealer of original American illustrative artwork… that is, paintings and drawings created specifically for reproduction in books, magazines, advertisements, and many other media. He has been in the business of caring for, writing about, and selling original illustration since 1983. For 16 years he was the Director of Illustration House, Inc., a New York City gallery and auction house specializing in the artform. Prior to joining Illustration House, he spent eight years with The Society of Illustrators in New York as their Assistant Director, Curator, and Librarian.

Fred lives and works in Casper, Wyoming.

The Illustrated Press has been publishing Illustration magazine since October of 2001, and has produced 51 issues to date. In addition, the publisher has produced monographs on the illustrators REYNOLD BROWNNORMAN SAUNDERS, H.J. WARDDEAN CORNWELL, and WALTER BAUMHOFER, as well as the three volume series, THE GOLDEN AGE: MASTERWORKS OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION, and the first edition of MASTERS OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION: 41 ILLUSTRATORS AND HOW THEY WORKED.

Publishing art books is a risky business. They're complicated to assemble and expensive to make, and they can take up a lot of space in the garage when they don't sell. We want to produce the right number of copies, and using Kickstarter enables us to gauge the demand for these kinds of books, and to adjust our print runs accordingly. By "pre-ordering" this book, you're helping to relieve some of the pressure and risk of publishing this book, and you're helping to finance the project from the ground up. Without YOUR generous support, this book will not happen.

Risks and challenges

Masters of American Illustration is completely designed and is ready to go to press. Having already produced dozens of magazines and nine hardcover books in China, there are relatively few risks associated with this project. All we need are some generous backers, and the book will be released in a few months. We hope you will back this project and spread the word to other illustration fans everywhere.

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