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Practical hints on decorative printing, with illustrations engraved on wood, and printed in colours at the type press. By William Savage.

William Savage

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London :: Published for the proprietor, by Messrs. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; T. Cadell; J. Booth; J. Major; R. Triphook; and R. Jennings, 1822 [-1823].

Physical Description

[6], vi, [2], 100, [8], [103]-118, [4] p., frontis., add. t.-pl., dedic. pl., [52] pl. (on 48 leaves) wood-engr. ill. ; 30 cm. (4°)

General Note

Illustrated with 76 wood-engravings (30 printed in colour), including six head-pieces and a decorated additional title-page.
The author's preliminary 'Address' is dated 'London, March 25th, 1823.'

Copy Note

With the frontispiece misbound before p. [103].

Binding Note

Quarto edition in the original publisher's boards, rebacked retaining original spine and printed paper label reading 'SAVAGE'S / PRACTICAL / HINTS / ON / DECORATIVE / PRINTING / 50 ILLUSTRATIONS / PRICE £5 15s. 6d. BOARD[S]'.


Colour printing


John Booth, publisher
John Major, publisher
Robert Triphook, publisher
Robert Jennings, publisher
George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer, dedicatee
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, publisher
Cadell, Thomas, publisher