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Wakeman, Geoffrey
English Marbled Papers: A Documentary History
England: The Plough Press, 1977. Limited Edition. Hardcover. vg. 1/112. 27pp. 16pl. Blue leather backed linen, gold lettering on spine. Bottom edge untrimmed as issued. Title vignette b/w reproduction of illustration from Diderot's Encyclopedia showing the interior of a marbling shop. A collection of twenty-two contemporary hand-marbled papers (Antique, Bouquet, Cockerel papers, Compton papers, Drag, Dutch, Gloster, Italian, Nonpareil, Peacock, Shell, Snail, Spanish, Stone, Stormont, Superimposed) showing a variety of patterns and special techniques by Christopher Weimann. The publication announcement states "this is a book whose object is to demonstrate the enormous variety and evocative beauty of marbled papers, and their interpretation by craftsmen from different periods and cultures. Its aim is not to put forth a definitive historical survey or technical methodology, but rather to relate a series of contemporary hand-marbled papers to the accumulated heritage of patterns from the past." Chapters on technique, materials of marbling, and a bibliography on books for further reading is by Christopher Weimann and Susan Patron. Twenty-seven pages of text followed by twenty-six mounted pieces of actual marbled paper, including some originals from the seventeenth century, all with printed descriptions below the mounted paper, for example "11. Spanish. An original nineteenth century example. The wave pattern is obtained by gently agitating the paper as it is laid on the size. English marblers were famous for this pattern from the early 19th Century." Spine very slightly sunned … [Click Below for Full Description]

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