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Earliest chromolithographs ever printed (in Great Britain)

Author: Hoskins / Bandoni
Year: 1835
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Till the end of the 20th century it was considered a fact that the first chromolithographs printed in Great Britain were those done by Owen Jones in 1836 for his work "Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra", hence outdating the patent of Godefroy Engelmann which was registered in France in 1837.

In "Milestones in colour printing" by Bamber Gascoigne, published in 1997, he describes how he came across a 1920's bookseller's catalogue in which he found the description of a book published in 1835 which the cataloguer described as illustrated with chromolithographs.

Mr. Gascoigne: "Booksellers frequently get their prints wrong, so I awaited its arrival in the British Library without too much expectation. But Maggs was right, they were indeed chromolithographs..."

The book was "Travels in Ethiopia" by George Alexander Hoskins, of which all (chromo)lithographs were printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel and which was published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman in 1835.
For the rest of this interesting story please read Mr. Gascoigne's book.

All four chromolithographs are reproduced here in the sequence as published.

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