New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1930. cloth, leather spine label, top edge gilt. Papermaking. thick 8vo. cloth, leather spine label, top edge gilt. xviii, 358 pages. First edition. (Hart no. 33). Comprehensive study on early papermaking, compiled by the dean of American hand-papermaking because of the earlier interest shown in his 1923 book, Old Papermaking, issued in a limited edition.The present volume contains more text and a greater variety of illustrations than what was included in the 1923 book. Aiming to give the bibliophile insight into the methods used by the old makers of paper, Hunter discusses, among other topics, early writers on papermaking, developments in the maceration of papermaking materials, the first English forgers, as well as the use and significance of ancient watermarks in European books and manuscripts. The 214 black and white illustrations enhance the commentary with reproductions of early printed works, printing tools, watermarks, etc. Folded frontispiece displays two pages of "Püchl von meim geslecht und von abentewr," diary compiled by Ulman Stromer, c. 1390. General index and an index to illustrations. This copy has a small label on front pastedown stating that this is a "copy for review". The spine label is different than the one used in the final production so it could be a later addition. Foxing on front pastedown and free endpaper. (Inventory #: 128933)
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