Unabriged Replication of 1819 Original
Publisher: Da Capo Press, New York 1968. 4to (10.5" tall). Hardcover & jacket - very good/good. Retired library book with usual markings. Light edge & corner wear, light soiling jacket & outer edge of pages, fading to spine, some sticker residue & small peel to laminate on front. Internal pages are clean and tight. Colour frontispiece and b/w illustrations throughout. .
Review: "..Litho by the man who created litho...Lithography was a major step forward in printing. It combined the versatility of intaglio prints with the production capablity of letterpress, and made printed reproduction accessible and affordable. Back when copying meant hand-copying, it was quite remarkable (to use his example) to have fifty copies of a meeting's minutes an hour after the meeting. What amazes me is not just the fact of the copies, but the low cost that made it worthwhile to record even mundane meetings. The most remarkable fact about lithography is that very nearly every technical aspect of the craft was developed or foretold by one mind, that of Alois Senefelder. Very few other branches of knowledge have been so completely laid out by their founders... This book is where Senefelder lays out the history, the materials, and the technique of early lithography...The book's second section describes the making of lithography's tools and materials... Book's final section to be the most interesting: the techniques of preparing the stone and pulling the prints. Much of this advice is still applicable, especially the many ways of marking the lithographic stone or plate... "
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