1990 · New Castle, DE
A study of Italian block-printed papers based on the collection of Hans and Tanya Schmoller, here relying on papers produced by the Remondini firm (1649–1860) and by the firm's continuer Rizzi.
In addition to the "historical information on both firms, there are several illustrations of various woodblocks and engravings, a three-color facsimile of the charming 18th-century Remondini woodcut Il Cane Barbino and a full size fold-out facsimile of the document which granted a virtual monopoly to Remondini in 1765." The volume is "composed in Perpetua types and printed [by M&H Type in San Francisco] on heavyweight mouldmade Johannot paper by Henry Morris at the => Bird & Bull Press.
=> Each copy contains nine original samples of decorated papers and one large original sample of a 'pictorial' paper'" (prospectus).
This is number 85 of 175 copies. The prospectus announced an edition of 215 copies!
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Quarter dark red cloth by Campbell-Logan with leather spine label and paste-paper printed sides (based on a Remondini design). A copy of the prospectus is laid in as is a slip of errata. (Inventory #: 37499)