French Lithography by Alfred Lemercier is a Bible for lithographers of the beginning of the 20th century since it collects in 1897 the whole knowledge on lithography of that time. The book contains illustrations in the text (with clichés) on technical issues and full-page (with lithographs) for the art works that have been created with the various methods of lithography. There are 33 authentic full-page lithographs, either creations or reproductions of other art works. The whole book contains knowledge on the technique of lithography and deals with lithographic stones, inks, papers, grounds, presses, rollers, lithographic drawing, autographic processes, printer, chromolithography, zincography, photolithography, heliography and factories producing materials and tools.
Alfred Lemercier (1831- 1900) author, Alfred Lemercier et al., lithographers,
French lithography from 1796 to 1896 and related arts (La
lithographie française de 1796 à 1896 et les arts qui s’y
rattachent : manuel pratique s’adressant aux artistes et aux imprimeurs) – Publisher Ch. Lorilleux et Cie (Paris) – 1897
33 black and colour full-page lithographs and in-text
Large in 4° (32 cm x 24.5 cm) – XXIV pp + 358 pp.
No 653 – Acquisition 2009
Aloïs Senefelder ‘s portrait (lithograph by Alfred Lemercier (1892), from lithograph by Franz Hanfstaengl
(1804 – 1877) (1834)
Saxoléine, pétrole de sûreté (Saxoleine, safety petroleum) (advertisement for Saxoléine) (zinc lithograph by Alfred
Lemercier (1897), scaled-down reproduction of the
stone lithograph (1896) by Jules Chéret (1836 -1932)