Ad Stijnman earned his PhD from the University of Amsterdam and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. He is an independent scholar for historical printmaking processes, specializing in manual intaglio printmaking techniques. He is the author of Engraving and Etching 1400–2000: A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes (2012) and co-author of Printing Colour 1400–1700: History, Techniques, Functions and Receptions (2015).

A Manual for Printing Copper Plates Predating Abraham Bosse’s Treatise of 1645

Fig. 1a. Regeln, so im Kupferdrucken, so woln in abtruckung der Holzstöck fleisig in obacht zunemen (16 November 1628) in Paulus III Behaim von Schwarzbach, Orndliche verzeichnus vnnd Registratur, aller meiner 1. geschnittenen Kupfer, 2. Holzkunst 3., vnnd gegossenen Bleistück, so viel ich nacheinander deroselben zuhanden gebracht (Nürnberg) (1618–1628), p. 215. ©Bamberg State Library. Photo: Gerald Raab.

Read the original German text of the manual here. See an annotated listing of instructive, workshop practice texts up to 1628 here. In the Stadtbibliothek Bamberg there is a 17th-century manuscript that catalogues the numerous copper printing plates, wooden printing blocks and lead casts collected by Paulus III Behaim von Schwarzbach (1592–1637) of Nuremberg. Appended at the end of the manuscript are instructions for the printing of copper plates, dated 16 Nov., 1628 (Fig. 1a). Read More

German Text of Behaim’s Printing Manual

Read an English translation of the manual, with an introduction by Anja Grebe and Ad Stijnman, here. See also an annotated listing of instructive, workshop practice texts up to 1628 here. [p. 215] Actum Anno 1628. 16. Novembris Regeln, so im Kupferdrucken, so woln in abtruckung der Holzstöck fleisig in obacht zunemen. Kupferdrucken. ›Kupfer zuwaschen von der Truckschwärz‹ Read More