New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2013. First American edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 728, indexed, b/w and color illustrations. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #21059
Colour printing is something we take for granted. This was not always so, and we owe it to the foundations laid by chromolithography that it now touches most aspects of our lives. This book traces the evolution of this hand-drawn colour-printing process from its tentative beginnings in Germany in the early 19th century to its spread from Europe to the United States and beyond to become the major method of colour printing before teh century was out. Drawing on a variety of sources - manuals, journals, correspondence, preparatory drawings, proofs, interviews with people in the trade, as well as the products themselves - the author provides fascinating insights into the methods and skills of the chromolithographer. With almost 800 illustrations and an extensive index, this book should provide the first port of call for those interested in the subject.