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HEATH, John. The Heath Family of Engravers 1779-1878.

[Aldershot]. Scholar Press, [1993]. First edition.
Quarto. In two volumes. 242; 351pp, [1]. Original publisher's black cloth, lettered in silver, pictorial dustwrappers. Very light shelf-wear. Internally immaculate.
The first edition of an extensive catalogue raisonne of the work of the renowned Heath family of engravers, including details of their relationships with many of the leading British artists, publishers, and print dealers of the period. Charles Heath (1785-1848) is of particular note; a pioneer of the use of steel in engraving (invaluable in the development of improved security in banknote production), he for many years acted as impresario for the engraving of the paintings of J. M. W. Turner and assisted in the creation of the first postage stamp.
£ 50.00 Antiquates Ref: 21928