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THE LIFE WORK OF DARD HUNTER, A PROGRESSIVE ILLUSTRATED ASSEMBLAGE OF HIS WORKS AS ARTIST, CRAFTSMAN, AUTHOR, PAPERMAKER, AND PRINTER
Chillicothe: Mountain House Press. 1981, 1983. folio, full native dyed red Niger sewed on cords, cloth box, leather spine label, both volumes inserted in cloth-covered clam-shell cases with leather spine labels. (viii),198; (viii),130 pages.. 2 volumes. Limited to 150 numbered and signed copies; this is one of the 50 special copies to be bound in full leather and containing extra specimens bound in. Printed on dark cream handmade paper produced by Hodgkinson Mill in Wookey Hole on Dard Hunter's personally watermarked laid moulds. The first volume covers Hunter's early days as a book designer and designer of stain glass windows, pottery, furniture, and his work for the Roycrofters. This volume contains 194 colored and 65 black and white tipped-in illustrations, many of which have been printed to resemble the original. Reproduced in this volume are many of the designs that Hunter produced for the bindings of the Roycroft books and catalogues and also the cover designs for other advertising publications. Volume II describes Hunter's activities as a papermaker and paper historian and contains a bibliography of Hunter's writing. Accompanied by tipped-in specimens of paper, tipped-in facsimiles of title pages and other work. Dard Hunter Jr. has written a two-page note regarding the production of this book, a massive job requiring 12 years. The book was printed by hand on dampened paper printed on Washington hand presses. The paper specimens were made using Dard Hunter's original beater which had to be reconstructed for this project. This surely is one of the landmark books produced in the book-arts field in the 20th century both from a textual and production standpoint.
      [Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press]
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