John I. Donlevy was an American engraver, inventor and publisher based in New York City. In 1854 he published The Rise and Progress of the Graphic Arts, a historical treatise on various printing processes, including some of his own invention, which he called chemitype transfer, typographic modeling and chromoglyphotype copying, a method utilizing intagliotypes which he asserted produced superior results to the conventional relief types then used by engravers and lithographers. In 1854 he was awarded a patent for “a method of producing intagliographic printing and other plates.” He also invented a new lithographic press and a cylindrical machine for chemical printing. In 1853, Donlevy married Harriet Farley (c. 1813-1907), a prominent New England abolitionist, writer, editor and activist on behalf of working class women. A biographical essay on Farley refers to him as John Intaglio Donlevy — presumably he adopted the middle name to identify himself with the printing process he championed.
Full publication information: “John I. Donlevy. Intaglio-Chromographic and Electrographic Engraver.”
Condition: Generally very good, recently cleaned and deacdified with only minor remaining toning. Four small patches of tape residue verso, apparently not affecting the front and neutralized in cleaning.
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