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New Book: DER VOLLKOMMNE PAPIERFÄRBER: THE ACCOMPLISHED PAPER COLORER.

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  • Jake Benson
    Hi again, I m forwarding this message from Oak Knoll. Richard Wolfe has just published his translation of the earliest German language technical account for
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      Hi again,

      I'm forwarding this message from Oak Knoll. Richard Wolfe has just
      published his translation of the earliest German language technical
      account for marbling, as well as other decorative paper methods.
      Kudos to Oak Knoll for producing an affordable edition!

      Jake Benson

      The full description can also be viewed on their website by clicking
      this link:
      http://www.oakknoll.com/detail.php?d_booknr=99499


      DER VOLLKOMMNE PAPIERFÄRBER: THE ACCOMPLISHED PAPER COLORER.
      Wolfe, Richard J. (translator).

      - New Castle, Delaware : Oak Knoll Press 2008
      - 12mo.
      - cloth bound with a cover-paper reproduction of an early German
      decorated paper
      - (iv), 176 pages
      - ISBN 9781584562436 / Order Nr. 99499
      - Price: $ 60.00

      All available information points to Venice as the entrepot and to
      Augsburg, Germany, as the first recognizable production center for the
      art of marbling paper. The art of marbling was anonymously transferred
      from the Middle East to Europe shortly before the beginning of the
      seventeenth century. Germany remained the center for this and other
      methods of paper decoration in the following centuries, with
      factory-level, industrial manufacturing initiated and carried on from
      the early nineteenth century. However, since these crafts were
      conducted in the secretive ways of the medieval guilds during the
      earlier period of their European life, little detailed information on
      their methods found its way into print for a very long time. It was
      not until the beginning of the nineteenth century that a serious and
      authoritative literature on marbling and paper decoration began to
      develop in Germany and elsewhere.

      In the historical introduction to his facsimile reproduction and
      translation of this work, Richard J. Wolfe summarizes the professional
      literature on marbling and paper coloring that began to appear in
      Germany at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Der Vollkommne
      Papierfärber remains the first such work that is physically known to
      exist. Wolfe shares his experience with a seemingly unique copy of
      this rare and seminal treatise that he initially encountered in
      Leipzig in 1987. He also discusses its relationship to other early
      pertinent literature that was published in Germany around the same
      time, particularly the works on bookbinding and paper coloring
      produced by Christian Freidrich Gottlob Thon. The story has a somewhat
      unusual and surprising ending.

      Richard J. Wolfe's lengthy career as a rare books and manuscripts
      librarian has been distinguished by an extensive amount of
      bibliographical research and writing, especially on the history of
      marbled and decorated paper. He is also the author of Marbled Paper,
      Its History, Techniques and Patterns, published in 1990.

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