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The Invention of Lithography. Alois Senefelder. Translated from the Original German by J.W. Muller. New York: The Fuchs & Lang Manufacturing Company, 1911. [Reprinted 2001 by Canonymous Press]. xii, 229 pp. ISBN 0-9631902-5-3. Clothbound.$75.

Alois Senefelder [1771-1834], the inventor of a fundamental printing process, recounts his innovation in two sections, giving firstly a full history of his many experiments, and secondly a textbook describing a variety of lithographic techniques. Invaluable for students of printing and art history.


Translator's Preface
Section I. History of Stone-Printing
Part I. From 1796 to 1800
Part II. From 1800 to 1806
Part III. From 1806 to 1817
Section II. Text-Book of Printing from the Stone
Introduction. Explanation of the Principles and the Peculiarities of Stone-Printing and of Chemical-Printing in General
Part I. General Objects and Principles Governing--
(1) The Stone
(2) The Ink, Crayon, Etching Surface and Color
(3) The Acids and Other Preparing Materials
(4) The Necessary Tools
(5) The Paper
(6) The Presses
Part II. Enumeration and Description of the Various Processes and Particular Objects in Manipulating Them, Such As:--
Relief Process--
To Which Belong--
(1) Pen and Brush Designs
(2) Crayon Drawing, Simple and With Several Plates
(3) Transfer and Tracing
(4) Woodcut Style
(5) Two Kinds of Touche Drawing, One of Which is Similar to the Scraped Style, While the Other is Done in the Usual Way with the Brush
(6) Spatter-Work
(7) Touche Drawing
(8) Color Printing with Several Plates
(9) Gold and Silver Plate
Intaglio Process--
(1) Carbved or Engraved
(2) Etched
(3) Drawn with Prepared Ink; with Spattered Aquatint
(4) Aquatint in Copper Engraved Style, and with Etching Ground
(5) Aquatint through Tracing
(6) Intaglio Crayon through Tracing
(7) Touche Drawing with Etching Color and Citric Acid
Mixed Method: Relief and Intaglio United--
(1) Pend Drawing Combined with Engraving
(2) Intaglio Drawing with Relief Tint
(3) Intaglio and Relief with Several Plates
(4) Transformation of Relief into Intaglio, and Vice Versa
(1) Printing Simultaneously with Water Colors and Oil Colors
(2) Simultaneos Chemical and Mechanical Printing
(3) Application of the Stone for Cotton-Printing through Wiping--A Unique Printing Method
(4) Color Printing through Wiping
(5) Oil Painting Print through Transfers
(6) Stone-Paper
(7) Applying the Chemical Printing Process to Metal Plates, Etc.