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Traité Des Manieres De Graver En Taille-Douce Sur L'Airan, Par Le Moyen Des Eaux Fortes & des Vernis durs & mols. D'Imprimer Les Planches, & de construire la Presse. Par le Sieur A. Bosse. Augmentée de la nouvelle maniere dont se fert Monsieur Le Clerc Graveur du Roy.

Abraham Bosse

RA Collection: Book

Record number




A Paris,: Chez Pierre Emery, Quay des Augustins, au coin de la ruë Gille-Cœur, à l'Ecu de France. -, M. DCC. I. Avec Privilege Du Roy.

Physical Description

[8], 70, [4] p., add. engr. t.pl., 16, [1] pl.: 188 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

The unnumbered plate carries the number of the page next to which it is to be bound, 'pag. 31.'


[Add. engr. t.pl., t.p.] - Avant-Propos - Traitez contenus en ce Livre - [Text and plates] - [Divisional t.p., 'Maniere D'Imprimer Les Planches en Taille-Douce. Avec Le moyen d'en construire la Presse.'] - Avertissement - [Text and plates] - Table Des Traitez - Oeuvres de Monsieur Bosse, contenant plus de sept cens Planches gravées en perfection.

Responsibility Note

The unnumbered plate is signed as engraved by F. Ertinger; the rest are unsigned.

Summary Note

The work had first been published in 1645. It was the first manual for print-makers, and went through several editions and translations.

Plates 1-10 show aspects of etching the plate; plates 11-16, aspects of printing it.


A microfiche version was published in 1989 (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey).


The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Copy Note

A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink with a ten-line note on the history of the editions of the work.

Binding Note

18th-century white vellum; spine inscribed in ink, '... Traite de Graver' (over an earlier, faded inscription).


Engraving - Etching - Printmaking - Intaglio printing - Techniques - Rolling presses - Printing presses - Tools and equipment - Europe - History
Manuals - Instructional materials - France - 17th century - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century


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