First published in 1998, Engraved on Steel focuses on engraving and engravers, exploring the use of steel engraving in both the decorative arts and in printing, Basil Hunnisett also describes the context of the steel engraver’s work. The processes by which steel engraving became one of the most widely used forms of printing in the 19th century are described in detail as the developments in the print industry, paper manufacture and publishing that determined its history. The activities of print publishers are also examined, including those of art unions.

part |2 pages

Part One

chapter 1|27 pages

The prehistory of steel engraving

chapter 2|33 pages

The quest for the unforgeable document

chapter 3|55 pages

Mezzotints on steel

chapter 4|34 pages

British steel line engraving: books