Marbled Paper: Its History, Techniques, and Patterns : with Special Reference to the Relationship of Marbling to Bookbinding in Europe and the Western World

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 245 pages
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For 250 years after its introduction to Europe around 1600, the method of decorating paper known as marbling reigned supreme as the chief means of embellishing the fine work of hand-bookbinders.

Richard J. Wolfe reconstructs the rise and fall of the craft and offers the most comprehensive account available of its history, techniques, and patterns.


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When colors are floated on a thicker liquid and paper is placed on them and then removed, the paper is said to be marbled; the design formed by spot or thrown patterns or "combed'' colors resembles ... Read full review

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I own this book. It is astonishing. Aside from the volume by C.W. Woolnough, written in the late 1800's, there simply is no other book that addresses and explains this very difficult art in a way in which it deserves. There are ridiculously simple 'craft' books available for people who are just interested in an acceptable marbled appearance on paper or cloth, but there are few which give this art the attention and devotion it deserves. This book is one of those wonderful volumes.  


The European Cradle Period
Marbling in Germany
Marbling in France
The Further Spread of the Craft
The Initial British Experience
The Matured British Trade
Marbling in the New World I
Basic Constituents and Ingredients
The Evolution of Marbled Patterns

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