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A largue stock of original antique prints many collectable and decorative from 18th to early 20th. New antique prints all weeks, Natural History, Anatomy, Astronomy, zoology, botanical, old maps.. I love animals, so I have a great selection of animal prints, mammals, birds, sea life creatures and of course, as any animal lover, a lot of cats!

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Two Cats Antique Prints, gives you a piece of the past, selecting for you the most beautiful prints from antique shops and antiquities markets across Europe

Antique prints are...
Any image printed on paper prior to over one hundred or more years ago is considered as an antique print; but non-mechanically prints published before World War II actually are considered to be antiques also.

As prints were born...
Most of antique prints we found today, were part of a lovely fine book in the past or as Scientific Interest book supplement for publications to diverse institutions, for example, biologists, zoologists, naturalists, scientists etc.
Until the late 19th century vast majority of the prints were produced to insert into a book and each one was a small masterpiece and were made ​​to last.
The concept of a book 100 years ago has nothing to do with the concept of a book that we have today (as an ordinary item, I mean, because the books will always be something wonderful of course).
Until mechanization of printing in 20th century, the picture book was considered a luxury item and a work of art, mostly with high-quality illustrations, There are prints 100, 200 and 300 year old that surely will last another 200 years. The quality of these prints is comparable to the one that is used today for fine works of art

The book illustration is recognized as one of the fine arts in the 19th century.

The texts and images of a book were produced by different processes and in different workshops. First of all, the illustration was handmade produced by one of these three basic techniques: wood engraving, steel engraving and lithography or chromolithography. And later introduced into the book.

The illustration made out of the book, just as a decorative print, was unusual in the past and often custom made for wealthy families or institutions, and still today reach very high prices.

About techniques...
-Wood engraving is a technique for printing images when the artist worked with a block of wood. The technique of wood engraving was developed at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century
-Steel engraving is a technique for printing illustrations, based on steel instead of copper. Was much used for reproductions in the 19th century. Steel engraving was introduced in 1792 . All the illustrations of the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1911 are steel engravings.
-Lithography is a method for printing using a stone or a metal plate invented in 1796.
-Chromolithography is a method for making multi-colour prints. This type of colour printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in colour. Chromolithography became the most successful of several methods of colour printing developed by the 19th century, perhaps the shortest of all the engraving systems. It was Invented in 1837 and perfected in 1880. It was used extensively from 1880 to 1900 /10, until the method began to be too expensive and was displaced by the offset and gravure. Just 20 years of active life

HISTORY OF THE PRINTING:

Woodblock printing (200)
Movable type (1040)
Printing press (1454)
Etching (ca. 1500)
Mezzotint (1642)
Aquatint (1768)
Lithography (1796)
Chromolithography (1837)
Rotary press (1843)
Offset printing (1875)
Hectograph (19th century)
Hot metal typesetting (1886)
Mimeograph (1890)
Screen printing (1907)
Spirit duplicator (1923)
Dye-sublimation (1957)
Phototypesetting (1960s)
Dot matrix printer (1964)
Laser printing (1969)
Thermal printing (ca. 1972)
Inkjet printing (1976)
3D Printing (1986)
Digital press (1993

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