Breaking the Mould. The First Hundred Years of Lithography. Panizzi Lectures Volume 16.
London: British Library, 2001,
First Edition. octavo, printed wrappers. 192 pp. British Library, New. Item #11048
The changes brought about by technical developments in lithography affected the design and production of a wide range of graphic material: books, prints, music, maps, and ephemera. Underpinning this text is the view that lithographic printers and their co-workers revealed limitations in the capabilities of earlier methods of print production by exploring the range of opportunites offered by the new process. Michael Twyman demonstrates how these print workers responded to the economy, directness, versatility, and autographic qualities of lithography, and how some of the techniques they used led to the blurring of distinctions between printing processes. He then explores the lithographically printed products of the nineteenth century, and argues that the categorisation of printing by artifact - introduced for practical reasons by museums and libraries - obscures some of the most significant contributions made by the process during its first one hundred years. Illustrated in black and white and with color plates.