New Book: DER VOLLKOMMNE PAPIERFÄRBER: THE ACCOMPLISHED PAPER COLORER.
- 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!
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DER VOLLKOMMNE PAPIERFÄRBER: THE ACCOMPLISHED PAPER COLORER.
Wolfe, Richard J. (translator).
- New Castle, Delaware : Oak Knoll Press 2008
- cloth bound with a cover-paper reproduction of an early German
- (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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