A Piece of Litho History in Facsimile

From Beauvais Lyons in Knoxville, Tennessee….

Hullmandel Book

Anyone with an interest in lithography and its early history should know about the recent reprinting of Charles Hullmandel’s 1833 The Art Of Drawing On Stone, Giving A Full Explanation Of The Various Styles, Of The Different Methods To Be Employed To Ensure Success, And Of The Modes Of Correcting, As Well As Of The Several Causes Of Failure.

I first learned about this book through Michael Twyman’s book Lithography 1800-1850. It is also mentioned in Twyman’s series of three published lectures at the British Library published under the title Breaking the Mould: The First 100 Years of Lithography, available through the University of Chicago Press.

I took a course with Twyman at the Rare Book School at UVA in 1992. To have a facsimile version of the Hullmandel original is a litho junkie’s dream – and a treasure at only $44.98 with shipping (in the US). The book was intended to teach artists how to use lithographic drawing materials, and does not really address the printing process. It was Hullmandel’s way of helping to give draftsmen the tools to draw for his publications, which were many over the subsequent 25 years, including the ornithological prints of John Gould. It has some wonderful plates of chalk (crayon) drawing methods, sample cork pencil holders, uses of tint runs, examples of counter etching, and common mistakes – often based on poor hygiene when drawing.


Click to order The Hullmandel reprint through Biblio.

Book Description
Indiana: Repressed Publishing LLC, 2012. Reprint Edition. Hardcover. New/Not Issued. 8vo – 6×9″. Hardcover reprint of the original 1833 edition – beautifully bound in brown cloth covers featuring titles stamped in gold, 8vo – 6×9″. No adjustments have been made to the original text, giving readers the full antiquarian experience. For quality purposes, all text and images are printed as black and white.

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