1936. New York: Pynson Printers, 1936.
Quarto, 148, (4)pp., plus 51 paper specimens. With frontispiece, three woodcut and 65 photogravure illustrations. Quarter leather with paper over boards printed in gilt from 18th century wood blocks acquired by Hunter in Korea, backstrip tooled in red and lettered in gilt, insignificant wear to backstrip and bottom corners, near fine with prospectus and receipt of order laid in.
§ One of 370 numbered copies signed by Dard Hunter and Elmer Adler of Pynson Printers. A landmark book on hand papermaking in East Asia, richly illustrated with paper specimens collected by Hunter on his travels and with photographs showing the papermills, tools, moulds, and materials he saw and the artisans he met. The edition size was limited to the number of complete sets of sample papers he was able to assemble. A passionate and insightful inquiry into papermaking cultures different to the author's own, and an important historical record of East Asian papermills at a time when many were on the brink of change or disappearance.
Hunter’s work is of pivotal importance in the history of American book making. Immersed in the Arts and Crafts movement at Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft company, Hunter went on to found the first handmade paper mill in America and to create arguably the world’s first “one man” books: books he printed on paper he had made with a typeface he had designed, cut, and cast himself. In Chillicothe, Ohio, he founded Mountain House Press and for the next 46 years dedicated himself to the study of papermaking, travelling around the world for his research and authoring 20 books on the subject. This was the first of Hunter’s limited edition books to be entrusted to any press other than his own. Item #106961