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LITHOGRAPHY. [PEIGNOT (Étienne Gabriel)]. Essai Historique sur la Lithographie, renfermant, 1. l'histoire de cette découverte; 2. une notice bibliographique des ouvrages qui ont paru sur la lithographie; et 3. une notice chronologique des différens genres de gravures qui ont plus ou moins de rapport avec la lithographie.1820

Paris: A. A. Renouard, First edition, 8vo (220 x 140 mm), 60, [2]pp., with half-title and terminal leaf 'explication de la planche', one of 250 copies, partly-coloured lithograph frontispiece by Mairet, orig. blue paper wrappers, upper cover detached. The earliest study on the invention of lithography by the French bibliographer and litterateur, Peignot, 1767-1849. He collected information on the early history of lithography with the goal that its origins should not be lost in obscurity. The work includes extremely valuable bibliographical notes on the first book illustrated by lithography, a bibliography of lithographed works, as well as discussions of the origin of the woodcut, engraving, etching, printing, etc. The plate shows the four stages in the lithographic process. Extremely rare and with the lithographic frontispiece which is often lacking in the recorded copies. Twyman, Early Lithographed Books. p. 226-7; Bigmore & Wyman II, p. 150.

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