Griffiths, Antony, The print before photography , 2016
- The print before photography : an introduction to European printmaking, 1550-1820 / Antony Griffiths.
- London : The British Museum Press, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- 560 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 30 cm
- Reference LibraryNE625 .G77 2016 (LC) OversizeAccessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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- A landmark publication that catalogues the history and development of the printed image Gutenberg's invention of moveable type made it possible to print letters. But images could only be printed using two other technologies that were developed alongside letterpress. One depended on wooden blocks which were cut and printed in relief, the other on copper plates into which lines were cut by engraving or etching and were printed on a rolling press. Copper-plate printmaking developed into a huge business employing thousands of people, and dominated image production for nearly four centuries across the whole of Europe. Its processes remained very stable, and a man of 1500 could have walked into a printing shop of 1800 and understood what was going on. During the nineteenth century this world was displaced by new technologies, of which photography was by far the most important.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 501-545) and indexes.
- Subject Terms:
- 21.32 history of the graphic arts.Druckgrafik.Europa.Handel.Prints -- Technique -- History.Prints -- Technique.Prints -- Technique.Prints, European -- 16th century.Prints, European -- 17th century.Prints, European -- 18th century.Prints, European.Sammeln.Technik.