Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1932. Folio (12 x 17). Frontis, 71 pages with 15 tipped-in specimens of old papers made from bamboo, mulberry, china grass, and mitsuma; 3 specimens of bark, 11 mounted color prints, & 19 b&w illustrations. Bound by Peter Franck (stamp signed) in three-quarter linen & decorated boards, printed cover label, slipcase (slightly rubbed). Bookplate on pastedown; owner's handwritten correction under specimen on page 45; otherwise a near immaculate copy. With prospectus. Item #17742
A prodigious feat of research and bookmaking. The paper specimens, dating from the 14th through 18th centuries, are from China, Japan, Persia, and Tibet; the oldest were removed from block-printed books or scrolls. Each specimen is identified as to paper composition bamboo, mulberry, mitsumata. One is a leaf from from a gold-ruled 17th c. Persian manuscript on paper made entirely from China grass. The large Chinese characters and symbols were engraved by Lankes. Published during the Depression at $75, copies did not sell quickly. They were bound by Peter Franck as orders were received. Some sheets were laid unbound into portfolios. Of the 200 copies printed, 50 were destroyed by fire. This is copy #77, signed by Hunter.