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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, Ohio: Mountain House Press, 1981. Nos. 11 (volume I) and 96 (volume II), OF 100 COPIES of the regular edition, SIGNED BY DARD HUNTER II (there were an additional 50 "special edition" copies in a red morocco binding). Hardcover. 445 x 311 mm (17 1/2 x 12 1/4"). Two volumes. Compiled by Dard Hunter II. Nos. 11 (volume I) and 96 (volume II), OF 100 COPIES of the regular edition, SIGNED BY DARD HUNTER II (there were an additional 50 "special edition" copies in a red morocco binding). Original quite attractive chestnut brown crushed half morocco over paper boards printed with a Roycroft pattern of pink roses and green leaves, flat spines with gilt titling, leather hinges, edges untrimmed. In the original sturdy linen clamshell boxes with tan morocco labels on spine. Volume I with 194 specimens and 65 black and white illustrations, many of these painstakingly hand-printed to resemble the paper and color from Hunter';s original drawings; Volume II with 25 color and 75 black and white illustrations, 34 paper specimens, and 23 title page reproductions. Prospectus laid in at the front. In mint condition. This impressive two-volume work is the product of 13 years of labor by Dard Hunter II to record his father's extraordinary legacy. The senior Dard Hunter (1883-1966) explored the breadth of book production as few others have: he was an author, papermaker, type designer, graphic artist, and printer. He first experimented with papermaking at a mill in New York in 1909, and later in Ohio, his home state. Of the 18 books he wrote on papermaking technique, the eight he printed at his Mountain House Press, from 1922-50, stand as high points in 20th century American private press books. With the help of his son, he made and set the type for all of these books and printed them by hand on his own paper. He was the leading authority on papermaking, and his research on the subject took him many times around the globe, particularly into Asia, in order to document and collect samples of traditional papermaking techniques. His collection and research became the core of the Dard Hunter Paper museum, which opened in 1939. Equipment used in his papermaking, type founding, and printing has been accepted into the Smithsonian, while his collection of old and exotic papers resides in the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
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