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Lectures On The Art Of Engraving, Delivered At The Royal Institution Of Great Britain, - By John Landseer, Engraver To The King, And F.S.A. -

John Landseer ARA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees, And Orme, Paternoster-Row. -, 1807.

Physical Description

[2], xxxviii, [2], 341, [1] p.; 217 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

The last page is blank. Some copies have an additional unnumbered leaf carrying an advertisement of other works by Landseer.


[T.p.] - Preface - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the verso of the title page and in the colophon: 'J. McCreery, Printer, Black-Horse Court, Fleet-Street.'


NSTC L398.

C. Fox, 'The engraver's battle for preofessional recognition in early nineteenth-century London', in London Journal, 2 (1976), p.3-31.

Summary Note

The text consists of six lectures on the principles, technique and history of engraving delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 1806. Having been asked to discontinue these because of his criticisms of the print-publisher, John Boydell, Landseer published them in 1807 with a long Preface.

Landseer had become an Associate of the Royal Academy in February 1806; and he continually pressed for engravers to be admitted to full Membership.


A microfiche version was published in 1988 (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey).


A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'Bequest of Sr. A.W. Callcott.'

Binding Note

19th-century quarter brown morocco, purple cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Landseer's Lectures On Engraving.' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Engraving - Engravers - Europe - History
Lectures - Great Britain - 19th century