"The wood-engraver may well feel dismayed to find himself described in the dictionary as 'a maker of woodcuts; a kind of boring insect.' If he wishes to differentiate sharply between himself and the beetle, whose method is presumably far longer-established than his own, he will refuse to bore, and keep his tool resolutely near the surface."
"The Way of Wood Engraving" Dorothea Braby, Associate Member of the Society of Wood Engravers
...money is indispensable to those who make a cult of their emotions; but the dandy does not aspire to money as something essential; this crude passion he leaves to vulgar mortals; he would be perfectly content with a limitless credit at the bank.
I insist on the fact that the drawings thus obtained lost more and more, through a series of suggestions and transmutations that offered themselves spontaneously - in the manner of that which passes for hypnagogic visions - the character of the material interrogated (the wood, for example) and took on the aspect of images of an unhoped for precision, probably of a sort which revealed the first cause of the obsession, or produced a simulacrum of that cause.
There are three national chalcographies in the world, all of which maintain large stocks of engraved plates from which impressions are printed as ordered by the public. The first was founded by Clement XII in Rome in 1738... The Madrid chalcography followed in 1789, and owns most of Goya's plates. The one in Paris was founded in 1797... The italian and French establishments have habitually identified their productions with blind-stamps.
The french term used for the small decorative tail-piece printed at the end of each chapter in an illustrated book. Often wood-engraved or etched. The corresponding designs at the beginnings of chapters are called vignettes.
performs a variety of inspection, testing, investigative and law enforcement duties... for the purpose of regulating for the protection of consumers, the accuracy of all types of measuring devices used in commercial trade transactions, and of all types of commodities sold in the state by units of weight, volume and other measures.
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