Marbled Paper. Its History, Technique, and Patterns. With special reference to the relationship of marbling to bookbinding in Europe and the Western world.
New Castle Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2018,
Second Edition, with corrections. quarto, wrappers with French flaps. xx, 245 p., 37 color plates. Oak Knoll Press, New. Item #27514
With a new Foreword by Sidney Berger. A history of the art and the craft which is the result of more than twenty-five years of research and practical experience. Enhanced with over 350 color and 80 black and white illustrations. A publication of the A. S. W. Rosenbach Fellowship in Bibliography. Richard J. Wolfe (1928-2017) was a rare book librarian, practicing marbler, and collector of marbled papers and books about marbling. This book is the result of more than twenty-five years of research and practical experience. Wolfe personally tracked down and sorted out historical records of marbling from their original sources, and he drew on his own extensive experience as a practitioner to write eloquently on technical and stylistic questions. The resulting study meticulously reconstructs the rise and fall of the craft and recounts its history, techniques, and patterns in such a way as to put all aspects of this fascinating craft in proper perspective. When first published, Marbled Paper was immediately recognized as the most comprehensive study of marbling to that point, and its status as the standard history of the subject has not been diminished by more recent works.