Selections from the David Rumsey Map Collection II
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Part of volume 1. Foldout.
(View) No. 3. (Plants and Animal).
Journal dédié a Monsieur, frère du Roi. Table generale des journaux anciens et modernes, contenant les jugemens des journalistes sur les principaux ouvrages en tout genre; suivi d'observations impartiales, & de planches en taille-douce ou on couleur. Par une Société de Gens des Lettres ... A Paris, Chez Demonville ... M. DCC. LXXVI.
Twelve parts in three volumes. Volume I dated 1776; volumes II-III dated 1777. One of the rarest journals known, and exceptional for its early color-printed plates made by the famous Gautier d'Agoty family. Jean Fabien Gautier d'Agoty (1716-1785) had a keen interest in color printing, based on, as he himself declared, the idea that if it was possible to print textile in different colors, then the same should be true for printing paper. In 1736 he went to Paris and became employed by the then only color-printer, Jacob Christoph Le Blon (1667-1741). After Le Blon's death Gautier took over the royal privilege of color printing and even managed to become regarded as the inventor of color printing itself, although it is obvious that he merely improved the techniques introduced by Le Blon. Perhaps Gautier was the first to introduce four-color printing as it still is most widely used today with three color plates (red, yellow, and blue) and one black plate.
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Gautier d'Agoty, J.F. (Jean Fabien), 1717-1785
David Rumsey Map Collection
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