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Albert Magnus

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

(b 1642; d 1689).

Dutch bookbinder. Magnus made luxury pointillé bindings related in style to those of contemporary French binders, but distinguished from their work by the...

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Aloys Senefelder

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Art.

(b Prague, 6 Nov. 1771; d Munich, 26 Feb. 1834).

German writer who in 1798 invented lithography as a cheap means of reproducing his plays. He soon realized the artistic...

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Bartolomeo Sanvito

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Bibliography.

 (1435–1511) Italian scribe, scholar, and illuminator.

Beginning his career in Padua c.1453, he was mostly in Rome from 1469, and died in Padua. His illumination (see illuminated...

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bibelot

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Bibliography.

In French the term denotes an object without value such as a trinket or curio, though the workmanship can vary from the crude to the luxurious.

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book art

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A term applied to books produced as a kind of Conceptual art, valued for the ideas they embody rather than for their appearance or literary content. This type of work originated in the...

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bookplate

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

A decorative label stuck in the front of a book, bearing the name of the book's owner.

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cardboard

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A thin but stiff board usually made from paper pulp or sheets of paper, sometimes used as an inexpensive support for paintings. Millboard is a term applied to a relatively stout type. Etty...

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carte-de-visite

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Photography and Photographs.

(French, ‘calling card’)

A small card, bearing a photographic portrait, used as a supplement to the normal visiting card. Such cards were especially popular just after the middle...

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Christie's

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Bibliography.

The world's oldest firm of fine art auctioneers (Sotheby's was established earlier, but originally sold only books). It was founded by James Christie (1730–1803), who gave up a commission...

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chromolithography

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The process of making coloured prints by lithography, using a separate stone or plate for each colour. The term is usually applied to reproductive prints rather than to original works.

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