MARBLED PAPER. HALFER, Josef. ~ Der Fortschritte der Marmorierkunst. Ein praktisches Handbuch fur Buchbinder und Buntpapierfabrikanten.
Second enlarged edition. 10 plates with 35 labelled marbled paper samples pasted in. Pp. 224, plus 8 pages of bookbinding and marbled paper related advertisements form the publisher’s shop in Stuttgart. Extra illustrated with 23 full and double-page samples of marbled papers from early 20th century onwards, the only signed ones being two by Dutch marbler Karli Frigge. 8vo., bound in a recent and functional full green cloth binding with gilt lettering, original trimmed down front wrapper bound in.
It was the Budapest binder Halfer who gave the tradition of paper marbling new life in the late 19th century, the first edition of this handbook was privately published in 1885. He revitalised the art with the introduction of new methods, new materials and new patterns, inspiring a new generation of marblers, many coming from the bookbinding trade. His new techniques have predominated over older style marbling ever since.
Among other things he invented the ‘universal size’ for marbling.Originally from the library of the great bookbinder in Amsterdam J. Brandt & Zoom with three stamps. Also with a tipped in detailed recipes for Turkish stone marbled paper and hair vein paper.
A wonderful extra-illustrated copy with a fine history.