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An Exhibition at the
Hugh M. Morris Library
University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware

August 27 - December 19, 1996
curated by Iris Snyder
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Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century

Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century, a new exhibition in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery of the Morris Library, University of Delaware, is curated by Iris Snyder of the Special Collections Department. An illustrated catalog of the exhibition can be purchased by contacting the Office of the Director of Libraries, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19717-5267.

The nineteenth century was the turning point for technical development in color illustration. At the beginning of the century, books with color plates were hand-colored by the artist, using techniques dating back to the Renaissance. A hundred years later, the photo-reproductive techniques and the steam-driven printing press took printing out of the hands of the artist and introduced processes which would be used until the computer revolution of our day. Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century documents these changes in color printing technology by displaying some of the finest examples of books illustrated in color, published from the last quarter of the eighteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth century.

Among the books on exhibit are the two masterworks of the nature painter John James Audubon, The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, the charming children's books of Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane, and beautiful hand-colored botanical illustrations from The Botanical Magazine, the most famous English horticultural periodical.

Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century is a particularly appropriate topic for an exhibition at the University of Delaware Library. One of the Library's great strengths is its collections on the history and technology of printing and the book arts. The Library's Special Collections Department houses a wide range of materials documenting the history and technology of printing, publishing, paper-making, and all aspects of the book arts.

Intaglio Processes Relief Processes Lithography Nature Printing

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