Jean-Michel Papillon (1698-1776), Traité historique et pratique de la gravure en bois [Historical and Practical Treatise on the Printing from Wood] (Paris: Pierre Guillaume Simon …, 1766). Gift of Elmer Adler (1884-1962). Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) 2005-0081N
Papillon’s manual offers instruction in the making of a woodcut. Chapters include information on the cutting of the block, inking and printing, artists’ monograms, xylography and block books, cutter’s tools, and chiaroscuro prints. Below is one of his examples of an image printed from three blocks.
If you are interested in seeing Papillon’s original wood blocks, they can be found at the Cabinet des Estampes at the Louvre.