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Marbled Paper: Its History, Techniques, and Patterns (Publication of the A.S.W. Rosenbach Fellowship in Bibliography) Hardcover – February 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Series: Publication of the A.S.W. Rosenbach Fellowship in Bibliography
  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812281888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812281880
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9.2 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,710,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 feathers or shells. Wolfe, a librarian and marbler, has attempted with some success to clarify marbling's misty origins in China and Japan in the 10th century and Turkey and Persia (now Iran) in the early 17th century. Germany and France represented the highest development of the design and technique of paper marbling. Marbled paper was used primarily for book decoration but also for stationery, furniture lining and ornament, boxes, and other small objects. Wolfe follows the craft's flowering, decline, and revival in the late 19th century and devotes the second half of his text to its tools and techniques. The illustrations, while small, offer an excellent survey of patterns and types. Indispensable for book arts collections. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What keeps this from five-stars is that I have not seen any other book as comprehensive as this one.
The history portion seems exhaustive, and I began to keel over with the descriptions of what happens when you marble (the paints form a 'lip' with the carragheenan to prevent them from blending together), but the color plates are worth the price of the book alone.
There are facsimiles of old German marbling swatch books (which I'd love to get a copy of).
This book is for those who love marbled paper (and fabrics) and who want to know about the history. Might not be the best First Book on marbling, but the process is best learned in a classroom setting, IMHO.
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