Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of engraving on copper or steel plates. Commonly called
line-engraving, because it is chiefly by combinations of lines, simple or crossed, that the engraver imitates textures, etc.
- n. A collection of engraved plates and prints. The chalcography of the Louvre was established by Louis XIV. and contains now about 6,000 plates from which impressions are still made and sold.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or art of engraving on copper or brass, especially of engraving for printing.
“They have in their employ some of the very finest line engravers living, and their album of proofs, which I have seen, contains some really magnificent specimens of chalcography.”
“He first taught his countrymen how to plant, then to build: and having taught them to be useful _without doors_, he then attempted to divert and occupy them _within doors_, by his treatises on chalcography, painting, medals, libraries.”
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