There is no one single book that is really "up to date", as various
people are still continually exploring evidence from different regions.
Our recent discussion of the marbled loans designed by Ben Franklin
is an example of how we are continually reviewing and exploring this
subject here in this group. While there are some contradictions , the
archives of this list now contain records of a number of discussions
that we have had on various facets of history, some maybe more useful
I also agree that what can be found on the internet is often highly
inaccurate and contradictory. Publications such as technical manuals
offer a different snippet or glimpse of historical marbling. The small
manual published by gabriel Grünebaum is useful for the reproductions
of the plates about marbling from the Encyclopedie Diderot et
d'Alembert. Einen Miura has written one book that has wonderful images
of European marbled patterns. He had been preparing a new book about
Japanese decorative papers now for some time.
For the last society of marbling annual, I wrote an article about
marbling in East Asia. www.marbling.org which contains many links to
images of early suminagashi on the internet. There are a number of
books on Turkish ebru that offer a few images of historical marbling,
but some of the information is now out of date. Despite this I would
also say that there is no one single book that effectively describes
Islamic marbling in more general terms, as most publications focus only
on Istanbul and not other regions such as Iran, India, and Central
One reference work that is very good for European and American history
that you should like to see is by Richard Wolfe. It is now out of
print, but there are copies listed on half.com
Wolfe, Richard J. Marbled Paper its History, Techniques, and Patterns.
Philadelphia: University of Pensylvania Press, 1990 ISBN: 0-81228-1888
There are other wonderful books, yet the majority are unfortunately
produced only as INCREDIBLY expensive limited editions for collectors
and institutions, not your everyday marblers. Oak Knoll Press in
Delware, Barry McKay Press in Oxford and Bird & Bull Press in
Pennsylvania have produced magnificent and yet extremely expensive
books about marbling history. Generally they can only be consulted by
spending a small personal fortune or by visiting a good rare book
library that keeps such a collection.
Out of all of these I highly recommend:
McKay, Barry (Editor) MARBLING METHODS AND RECEIPTS FROM FOUR CENTURIES
WITH OTHER INSTRUCTIONS USEFUL TO BOOKBINDERS Oxford: The Plough
Press, 1990. This was reprinted by Oak Knoll.
> to all marblers. I am trying to get general information on marbling[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> history in order to make a lecture on marbling. I have books by patty
> schlicker and and ann chambers, but they have very little information
> are ten to fifteen yeasrs old.
> the info that I have got out the yahjoo marbling group is
> sporatic and
> contradicxtory. the web has a list of about fifty books on
> marbling. does anyone know
> which one gives the most information on marbling history? Tomas Daquin