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Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface by cutting grooves into it with a burin. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called "engravings". Engraving is one of the oldest and most important techniques in printmaking. Wood engraving is a form of relief printing and is not covered in this article.

Engraving was a historically important method of producing images on paper in artistic printmaking, in mapmaking, and also for commercial reproductions and illustrations for books and magazines. It has long been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique, is much less common in printmaking, where it has been largely replaced by etching and other techniques.

"Engraving" is also loosely but incorrectly used for any old black and white print; it requires a degree of expertise to distinguish engravings from prints using other techniques such as etching in particular, but also mezzotint and other techniques. Many old master prints also combine techniques on the same plate, further confusing matters. Line engraving and steel engraving cover use for reproductive prints, illustrations in books and magazines, and similar uses, mostly in the 19th century, and often not actually using engraving. Traditional engraving, by burin or with the use of machines, continues to be practised by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths and others, while modern industrial techniques such as photoengraving and laser engraving have many important applications. Engraved gems were an important art in the ancient world, revived at the Renaissance, although the term traditionally covers relief as well as intaglio carvings, and is essentially a branch of sculpture rather than engraving, as drills were the usual tools.

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[Inside cover and bookplate, vol. I, La Basse Egypte.]
The men's bath, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
Traversée : danse de nègres.
Wallachia
Parmigianino - Narcissus at the Spring ; after Parmigianino
Sposalizio del gobbo nan
Aldegrever Heinrich - Two Torch-Bearers
[The parable of the prodigal son]
Enea Vico - [Title page] Vetvstissimae... tabvlae aeneae Aegyptiorvm ...
Maistre à Dancer.
Mademoiselle des Chars dansant a l'Opera.
[Les Noces de Pelée et de Theétis]
Comus le dieu des debauches et gens de joye: Il porte en son nom la signiffication de banqueter, rire, danser, boire, et balader
Carro di Teti, Jacques Callot
Carro d'Amore, Jacques Callot
Entrée des sieurs de Vroncourt, Tyllon et Mariment
Jacques Callot - Entrée de son Altesse à pied
Entrée de Monseigneur Henry de Lorraine, Marquis de Moy soubs le nom de Pirandre.
Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio : quam ex magna universali Gerardi Mercatoris Domino Richardo Gartho, geographie ac ceterarum bonarum artium amatori ac fautori summo, in veteris amicitie ac familiaritatis memoriam Rumoldus Mercator fieri curabat A0. M.D. LXXXVII.
Stefano Della Bella - [Horse ballet].
Jan Galle - [Egg dance]
Parte delle Fiure del balletto, Fog. III.
[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis.]
[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis] F. Francart del. I. Torelli in. I. Silvestre F.
Ferdinando Tacca - [L'Hipermestra].
America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde both people and manner of buildings.
Americæ nova descriptio
Magny en habit de viellard dansant dans l'opéra de Thésée: Berain inv.
Cornelis Danckerts I - La dance de Laloÿeau
Habit d'Andimion du balet du Triomphe de l'amour.
Habits des nymphes de la suitte d'Orithie du balet du Triomphe de l'amour: J. Berin del.
Habit d'Indien du balet du Triomphe de l'amour: J. Berin del.
Composuit Zeuxes Iunonem e Quinque Puellis; Parrhasius Velo, Volucris Ceu Fallitur Uva.
Mademoiselle Desmastain en Pallas a l'Opera
Decoration de Theatre du ballet de Thetis represente en machine au Petit Bourbon devant leurs Majesté de l'invention de Jacq. Torelli Italien
L'opera
Set design for Il favore de gli dei, [1690].
Robert Bonnart - L'Esté
Johannes van den Aveele - Armide
Johannes van den Aveele - Roland
Femme de qualité dansant.
Anne (or possibly Janneton) Auretti.
Le sieur Ballon et la delle. Prévost dans le ballet d'action des Scythes
Driade. J. B. Martin inv. sculp.
Rappresentazione d'una mascherata. (social dancing)
Le Chalumaux
Jean Nicolas Servandoni: directeur de l'Opéra pour les décors
[Masked ball]
[Peasants dancing]
Dance commune
[Dancers bowing before the minuet?]
Masque en habit de paysan: C. Pr. S. C. Maj. M. Engelbr. sc. et excud. Aug[ustae] Vind[elicorum]
Danseur chinois
[Theatrical hornpipe?]
Mr. Caverle[y] dancing master.
Representation du théatre ou l'on joue les comédies pour le divertissement du Roy de Tunquin et de son cour
Fêtes données à Vienne à l'occasion du mariage de Joseph II avec Marie Josephine Antoinette de Baviére, le 23 Janvier 1765.
Achille et Polixene
Les peines et les plaisirs de l'amour
Ertinger Franz - Le Carnaval
Ertinger Franz - Pamone
Ertinger Franz - Le carnaval de Venise
Ertinger Franz - Thesée
Ertinger Franz - Les festes galantes
Ertinger Franz - Alceste
Ertinger Franz - Armide
Ertinger Franz - Bellerophon
Ertinger Franz - L'Europe galante
Ertinger Franz - Les fragments
Ertinger Franz - Le temple de la paix
Ertinger Franz - Psyché
Ertinger Franz - Amadis de Grece
Ertinger Franz - Amadis
Les festes de l'Amour et de Bachus
Ertinger Franz - L'idile de Sceaux
Ertinger Franz - Alcine
Ertinger Franz - Ulysee et Penelope
Ertinger Franz - Les Muses
Ertinger Franz - Iphigénie
Ertinger Franz - Télémaque
Ertinger Franz - Tancrède
Ertinger Franz - La vénitienne
Le bal des nations
The famous Dutch woman.
Le grand seigneur en habit de ceremonie le jour du Beiram
Le moufti, ou chef de la loy
Jean Baptiste Vanmour - [Title page.]
Le grand seigneur dans le serrail, avec le kislar agassi
George White - Mr. Isaac, choreographer
On Princess Emelia
[The dragon of Wantley].
[Country scene]
Le petit sabotier. âgé de cinq ans et demi, dansant l'entrée de Pierrot.
AHarlot's Progress, Plate 4 [Beating Hemp in Bridewell]
AHarlot's Progress, Plate 2 [Quarrels with her Protector]
AHarlot's Progress, Plate 1 [Her arrival in London]
William Hogarth - AHarlot's Progress, Plate 5 [Her death]
William Hogarth - Sarah Malcolm
AHarlot's Progress, Plate 1 [Her arrival in London]
William Hogarth - The Company of Undertakers
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