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Chromolithography was developed in Germany in the 1840s but was not used much in bookbinding until the 1880s, when it became all the rage in England. Whether for entire book covers or only for onlays, many of these illustrations were printed on glazed paper so that the vibrant colors stood out. Children’s books have particularly good examples of this technique.  

Tin Tan Tales

Tschantre, Gracia. Tin Tan Tales. London: Ernest Nister; New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, ca. 1895.



Beauty and the Beast. London: Dean & Son, 1873. Beauty and the Beast



Glückliche Kinderzeit

Glückliche Kinderzeit. Ca. 1880.

Chromolithograph onlay.


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