Woolnough (C.W.) - The Whole Art of Marbling as Applied to Paper Book-Edges Etc.

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The Whole Art of Marbling as Applied to Paper Book-Edges Etc. By C.W. Woolnough. Containing a full description of the nature and properties of the materials used, the method of preparing them, and of executing every kind of marbling in use at the present time, with numerous illustrations and examples. [Foreword by Geoffrey Wakeman.] 8vo, Title, 82pp, 36 leaves of samples, this reprint published by the Plough Press, Kidlington, 1985.

32 inserted patterns of marbled paper hand made by Katherine Davis of Payhembury Marbled Papers, individually 4 X 5 inches and mounted. Text reproduced photographically from the second (enlarged) edition of 1881. Green buckram with flowered endpapers, titled in gilt. A fine copy in a matching drop-back box with a gilt leather spine label.  Prospectus and a piece of marbled cloth by the marbler Christopher Rowlatt loosely inserted

This was the first book in England to describe in detail the methods of producing marbled patterns on paper and book edges. It had been practiced for a long time, but its production was regarded as a trade secret.

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