THE ART OF MARBLING AND THE TREATMENT OF NEW BRONZE COLOURS. A Practical Guide to Marbling by Halfer's Method.
London: Hostmann Printing Ink Company, 1904. Second improved and enlarged edition. 5 1/4 x 8 1/2. 32 pages + 26 marbled specimens on 14 pages. Illustrations in the text. Tipped to the title page gutter is a small broadside advertisement & directions for Halfer's preserving solution for carrageen moss size. Original printed wraps bound into quarter morocco & marbled boards. Minor stain to upper cover, which is professionally strengthened with tissue. Very good. Item #9318
A manual published in response to some complaints about Halfer's colours. Hostmann, sole agents for Halfer's colours, writes the "failure of these binders is due to improper proportions of ox gall & colour, and to improper preparation of size."
Halfer revolutionized the art of marbling. As Richard Wolfe writes "Whereas the old style of marbling allowed reasonably finely combed patterns, the results achieved through Halfer's methods are so far superior that his technique has predominated ever since."