Friedrich von der Trenck.
La vie de Frédéric, Baron de Trenck, traduite de l’Allemand, par M. Le Tourneur. . . .
Berlin and Anvers:
C. N. Spanoghe,
Purchased with funds donated by Peter Drummey.
RBS owns two of four copper printing plates created to illustrate a 1788 edition of the adventures of the Prussian Baron Friedrich von der Trenck (1726–1794). RBS faculty use these printing surfaces to teach students how to distinguish engraving from etching. By examining the lower left-hand corner of this particular printing plate, produced for the frontispiece of volume four of the book, one can observe the difference between the heavy, blunt lines of etching and smoothly tapered lines of engraving.
From the collection of Rare Book School