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Griffiths, Antony. Prints for books: Book illustration in France, 1760–1800. London: The British Library, 2004. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). xiv, 178 pp.; illus. $25.00
In the Panizzi Lectures series. "The second half of the eighteenth century in France was one of the great ages of book illustration, which saw the meeting of top-quality engraving, fine printing and high bibliophily. The chapters of this book explore the interrelationship of these elements. The vogue began with a public demand that new poems, plays and novels should be illustrated with high-quality prints, and authors had to respond. The profits to be made tempted engravers, draughtsmen and a new breed of their own. In the 1780s fashion shifted to a passionate interest in book collecting and fine printing, and how the business responded to the new situation, and to the effects of the Revolution in the 1790s, is explored in this new book."
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