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An etcher works on a copper-plate covered with wax, through which he draws whatever suits his fancy. The needle or point, with which he draws removes the wax wherever it touches, and after the plate is finished it is submerged in acid with the effect that the plate, where the lines are drawn, is bitten into or corroded by the acid. Afterward the plate is cleaned, inked, and printed from like the plate of a visiting card.


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