Moscow; Leningrad: Gosizdat, 1925. Item #1567
122,  pp., ill. Tear of the spine and front wrapper, previous owner’s ink inscription on the front wrapper. Otherwise good.
Scarce. First edition. 1 of 2,500 copies.
An interesting book about etching and engraving with a chisel written by Vadim Falileev (1879-1950), a noted Russian and Soviet graphic artist and painter. At different times, Falileev studied at the Penza Art School, the Kiev art school, and the Imperial Academy of Arts under Vasily Mate (1856-1917). Vadim was the first to work in the technique of engraving on linoleum, creating a series of brilliant works that demonstrated the wide graphic possibilities of this technique. The artist also took part in exhibitions of the «World of Art» in Petrograd and Moscow. At the beginning of 1917, his first personal exhibition was held in the Engraving Office of the Rumyantsev Museum. A year later, Vadim was invited as a professor at the Stroganov Art School, while simultaneously teaching at the Women’s Polytechnic. In 1920-1924, Falileev became the dean of the graphic faculty of the State Agricultural Academy (from 1920 VKHUTEMAS). Falileev went down in history as one of the greatest Russian engravers of the first quarter of the 20th century.
In 1925, Vadim published the book “Etching and Engraving with a Chisel”, which was intended to help amateur artists. The edition consists of 18 sections focusing on all stages of engraving production from preparation of boards, etching techniques, colored etching, and monotype to drypoint engraving, mezzotinto, dotted engraving, and engraving printing. In the book, the author offers a detailed description of the necessary graphics tools and materials, including workshop equipment. Importantly, the publication includes numerous recipes for making hard varnishes and etching boards. The edition is supplemented with black and white illustrations demonstrating key processes in etching and engraving.
Overall, an important manual written by one of the greatest Soviet engravers.