John Phillips's lithographic notebook : reproduced in facsimile from the original at Oxford University Museum of Natural History / edited by Michael Twyman with an introduction and checklist of Phillips's lithographic work up to the end of 1819.

Phillips, John, 1800-1874 [Browse]
London : Printing Historical Society 2016.
103 p. : ill., portraits, facsims. ; 25 cm.


Summary note
Almost two hundred years ago the teenage John Phillips (1800-75), who would achieve fame as a geologist. became fascinated by the emerging process of lithography. In one of his notebooks, reproduced here in facsimile, Phillips recorded the experiments he made in the process between 1817 and 1819. At the time he was living with one of his uncles, geologist William Smith (1769-1839). Later known as the 'father of English geology', Smith made good use of the young Phillip's precocious understanding of fossils, and must also have backed and encouraged his nephew's experiments in lithography, probably for practical reasons. Thus it was that two of the most important nineteenth-century geologists became interested in printing from stone when the process was still very much in its infancy, at least in Britain. The young Phillip's attempts to understand lithography were informed by a few sketchy published descriptions of the process and by tenuous contacts with practitioners, but above all by a series of systematically conducted experiments with materials and procedures. The records of these experiments provide insights into the mind and working methods of a young scientist, while also revealing something about the state of lithography in Britain at the time.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Lithographic notebook
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