PRIMITIVE PAPERMAKING. An account of a Mexican sojourn and of a voyage to the Pacific Islands in search of information, tools, and specimens relating to the fabrication and decoration of bark-paper.

Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1927. Folio (12 x 16 1/2). Gravure of the Mountain House, 48 numbered text pages plus 29 un-numbered leaves with text & mounted specimens. Loose as issued in three-quarter buckram portfolio by Peter Franck, with cloth ties, title label on cover. Bookplate inside the portfolio. A fine copy with the original owner's signed receipt from Hunter, typed on his light-and-shade portrait watermarked stationery. Item #17739

No. 22 of 200 signed copies. There are 32 specimens (24 original and 8 facsimilies made by Hunter); the specimens are rare primitive bark papers, some several hundred years old, gathered by Hunter over a 10 year period. Included are samples from Java, Otomi Indians of Mexico, watermarked examples from Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga Islands, Samoa etc; many are highly decorative patterned pieces. Illustrated with text drawings by Hunter as well as photographs. Printed in black and Tonga brown (a richly colored ink made by DH) by Hunter, who includes a one-page note on the proprietary type face.

Price: $6,200.00

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