George Baxter was an English artist and printer based in London. He is credited with the invention of commercially viable colour printing. Though colour printing had been developed in China centuries before, it was not commercially viable. However, in early years the of the 19th century the process of colour printing had been revived by George Savage, a Yorkshireman in London. It was to be Savage's methods upon which Baxter, already an accomplished artist and engraver, was to improve. In 1835, Baxter was granted Patent No. 6916 – Improvements in Producing Coloured Steel Plate, Copper Plate and other Impressions, which outlined the combined intaglio and relief process he would continue to use for the next thirty years. Part 1 of this book concerns 'The Life of George Baxter'; Part 2 'The Baxter Licensees' (A number of printers purchased a licence from Baxter, following the renewal of his patent in 1849); & Part 3 'The Baxter Societies'. Baxter prints bear an imprint such as "Baxter Patent Oil Printing 11 Northampton Square" & an illustrated list of these is included in the appendices (which also include: 'A Catalogue of Prints'; 'Fakes & Forgeries'; & 'A Preface to Cabinet of Paintings'.
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles spine; Illustrated by colour plates; Includes appendices, bibliography & index.
Author Mitzman, Max E.
Binding Hardcover (Original Purple Cloth)
Publisher David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon
Condition Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket