Balston (Thomas) - William Balston Paper Maker, 1759-1849.

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William Balston Paper Maker, 1759-1849. By Thomas Balston. First edition, 8vo, pp.xii,172 + plates, London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1954.

Set in Monotype Bell and printed at Cambridge University Press on a mould-made J. Whatman paper. Portrait frontispiece, 14 other inserted plates, other drawings in the text. Rust cloth with gilt spine titling, printed paper dust-jacket yellowed on the front. A very good copy.

William Balston was the apprentice of the paper-maker James Whatman (1741-98). He founded Springfield Mill in 1806 with the determination to make the finest and most durable white papers in the world.

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