Chinese Ceremonial Paper.
Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1937. 4to, 79, (3) pp., with 50 paper specimens, many folding, plus collotype frontispiece of a furnace for burning sacred paper, 8 collotype illustrations, and two block prints with photos of the blocks that made them. Quarter leather with paper over boards block printed in gilt, backstrip tooled in gilt, slight wear to foot of backstrip and board edges, occasional small stain to top margins, very good. The often extremely fragile specimens are in excellent condition with only occasional tears to the largest folding examples. One of 125 numbered copies signed by Dard Hunter and printed by him on paper handmade in Asia. A remarkable work impossible to recreate or reproduce. The many annotated paper specimens were gathered by Hunter during journeys in China, as well as in Indo-China, Java, Sumatra, Siam, Malay Peninsula, and other Asiatic countries where the Chinese have emigrated and include mock-money, both ancient and contemporary, ornamental burning envelopes and trays, and examples of paper gods. Hunters work is of pivotal importance in the history of American book making. Immersed in the Arts and Crafts movement at Elbert Hubbards Roycroft company, Hunter went on to found the first handmade paper mill in America and to create arguably the worlds 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.
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