HUNTER, DARD. 1883-1966.
Papermaking by Hand in America. Chillicothe, OH: Mountain House Press, 1950.
Hand-colored frontispiece; plus facsimiles, reproductions of early American watermarks; and tipped-in plates illustrating ream wrappers. Printed on handmade paper using type cut by Dard Hunter Jr. Folio. Original beige buckram over patterned paper boards, paper label to spine, reddish-brown morocco-backed clamshell case. Toning to some samples, paste action from additional material on front endpapers, some wear to case.
LIMITED, SIGNED EDITION, no 24 of 210 copies, 200 of which were for sale. With original prospectus and Morgan Library invitation to tribute meeting regarding present work, both tipped to front endpapers. "The last work of the Mountain House Press and the author's magnum opus, this book provides a history of American papermaking by listing and describing the first paper mill in each state from 1690 until 1811 ... There are in the book 123 facsimiles of documents and watermarks and forty-two reproductions of labels used by these early paper manufacturers. The thick folio volume was to have been issued in an edition of 210 copies, but the author's own bibliography says that only 180 were completed. The book is printed on Dard Hunter's paper" (Schlosser 41).
Provenance: bookplate of David Urquhart.
Acquisition: Swann, Nov 30, 2000, lot 152, via William Reese Company, $8,625.
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