Just about every aspect of papermaking is covered in this book. Dard Hunter discusses the history of papermaking from its invention in China to its introductions in Europe and in America. He examines the development and uses of the different materials and tools of papermaking: the different types of hand moulds, such as the "wove" mould and the "laid" mould of China; methods of maceration (beating the cloth); of dipping the moulds or pouring the liquid pulp over the moulds; of pressing, drying and sizing the paper; and he compares papermaking techniques: old and new methods of making paper by hand and machine-made paper. lie also discusses early and modern watermarking styles and processes.
Over 320 illustrations show actual pages from rare books and scrolls from every corner of the world, scenes of past and present-day papermaking, tools, materials and watermarks. A two-page map traces the 1000-year journey of papermaking from China to Europe, and a chronology of paper and paper related developments spans over 4500 years.
Accomplished bibliophiles and amateur booklovers, all papermakers, artists, etchers, engravers, printers, bookbinders and workers in watermarking will find this volume both fascinating and informative.
Dard Hunter (1883-1966) is still recognized as the world's foremost authority on paper and papermaking. This is the classic work on papermaking, used as a text and reference in classrooms, museums and libraries. Hunter is considered to be the most ardent proponent of the craft of papermaking who ever lived.
Unabridged (1978) republication of the second, revised and enlarged (1947) edition. Pb, 672pp, Over 320 illustrations. Map and index, 14 x 21.5 cm