"The following history of the art of engraving closes approximately with the beginning of the nineteenth century. The more recent developments of the art have not been included, for the advent of steel-engraving, of lithography, and of modern mechanical processes has caused so wide a revolution in the reproductive arts that nineteenth-century engraving appears to require a separate history of its own and an entirely different treatment. The illustrations are all made to the exact size of the originals, though in some cases a detail only of the original is reproduced." -- from preface to the first edition.
Includes index and bibliography (p. xi-xvii).