(Chillicothe, Ohio: Mountain House Press, 1981-83). 445 x 311 mm. (17 1/2 x 12 1/4"). Two volumes. Compiled by Dard Hunter II. Nos. 111 (volume I) and 129 (volume II) OF 50 COPIES OF THE SPECIAL EDITION, of a total of 150 copies printed.
Publisher's fine russet Niger morocco by Gray Parrot (his label on rear pastedown), covers panelled with black double fillet outer border and gilt inner panel, gilt armorial device on front boards, raised bands flanked with black rules, gilt ruled and titled spine compartments, turn-ins ruled in black, all edges untrimmed. In the original sturdy tan linen clamshell cases with morocco labels on spine. Illustrated with an extensive collection of specimens, carefully reproduced facsimiles, and other items related to Dard Hunter's work, including 78 tipped-in photographs, 275 mounted engraved or printed items (many in color, 12 of them double page), and 63 paper specimens. Prospectus laid in at front. Signed by the author on the limitation page. A pristine copy.
This impressive two-volume work is the product of 13 years of labor by Dard Hunter II to record his father's extraordinary legacy. The senior Dard Hunter (1883-1966) explored the breadth of book production as few others have: he was an author, papermaker, type designer, graphic artist, and printer. He first experimented with papermaking at a mill in New York in 1909, and later in Ohio, his home state. Of the 18 books he wrote on papermaking technique, the eight he printed at his Mountain House Press, from 1922-50, stand as high points in 20th century American private press books. With the help of his son, he made and set the type for all of these books and printed them by hand on his own paper. He was the leading authority on papermaking, and his research on the subject took him many times around the globe, particularly into Asia, in order to document and collect samples of traditional papermaking techniques. His collection and research became the core of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, which opened in 1939. Equipment used in his papermaking, type founding, and printing has been accepted into the Smithsonian, while his collection of old and exotic papers resides in the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Our deluxe set is distinguished from the regular copies of this book because of its full leather bindings, the heavier stock it is printed on, and the greater number of photographs, illustrations, and paper specimens. (ST16968)
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PJP Catalog: 79.148