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An anthology of decorated papers : a sourcebook for designers / P.J.M. Marks.

By: Marks, P. J. M [author.].
Contributor(s): British Library.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookLondon : Thames & Hudson, 2015 ©2015Description: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780500518120; 0500518122.Other title: Decorated papers.Subject(s): Decorative paper -- Pictorial works | Marbled papers -- Pictorial worksGenre/Form: Illustrated works.DDC classification: 745.5/4 Online resources: Inhaltsverzeichnis Summary: This remarkable and beautiful book brings together a collection of decorated papers dating from the 16th to the 20th century. They were produced for a wide variety of uses: as wrappers and endpapers for books, as the backing for playing cards, and even as linings for chests and cases. Some decorated papers were used as humble pictures for display in churches and the home; some were sold as souvenirs to pilgrims; and others were used merely as wrappings for foodstuffs such as gingerbread and chocolate. What unites all the papers in the book is the richness of their ornamentation and the thin, flexible characteristics of the original sheets. They are all further united by having been collected by Olga Hirsch (1889-1968), a trained bookbinder who left her collection of some 3,500 papers to the British Library, where they remain one of the largest and most diverse collections of decorated papers in the world. The collection has never previously been published except as a mini-format 64-page introductory gift book.This new beautifully designed album of the best and most exquisite papers in the collection will be a revelation and an inspiration to designers, bibliophiles and anyone with a love of pattern and ornamentation.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A collection of gorgeously reproduced decorated papers alongside a thoughtful and carefully researched history of this often-overlooked art

Rich in ornamentation, decorated papers have been in use for centuries--as wrappers and endpapers for books, as the backing for playing cards, and even as
linings for chests and cases. Yet despite the many contexts in which they can be found, they often go unnoticed. This remarkable new book not only showcases
several hundred of the best and most exquisite examples of decorated paper but also provides a fascinating introduction to its history, traditions, and techniques.
Drawing on the Olga Hirsch collection at the British Library, one of the largest and most diverse collections of decorated papers in the world, this beautifully produced anthology will both delight and inspire designers, bibliophiles, and anyone with a love of pattern and decoration.

"British Library."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

This remarkable and beautiful book brings together a collection of decorated papers dating from the 16th to the 20th century. They were produced for a wide variety of uses: as wrappers and endpapers for books, as the backing for playing cards, and even as linings for chests and cases. Some decorated papers were used as humble pictures for display in churches and the home; some were sold as souvenirs to pilgrims; and others were used merely as wrappings for foodstuffs such as gingerbread and chocolate. What unites all the papers in the book is the richness of their ornamentation and the thin, flexible characteristics of the original sheets. They are all further united by having been collected by Olga Hirsch (1889-1968), a trained bookbinder who left her collection of some 3,500 papers to the British Library, where they remain one of the largest and most diverse collections of decorated papers in the world. The collection has never previously been published except as a mini-format 64-page introductory gift book.This new beautifully designed album of the best and most exquisite papers in the collection will be a revelation and an inspiration to designers, bibliophiles and anyone with a love of pattern and ornamentation.

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The aphorism "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not apply to this offering from the British Library. The beautifully designed cover and intricately folded dust jacket serve as the opening curtain for the opulent offering within, which is a history of decorated papers. Full-page illustrations of decorated papers are interspersed with commentary offering historical details and supplemented by current research in the field. Marks (curator of bookbindings, British Library, UK) discusses the papers in categories--e.g., "Hand-Marbled Papers," "Brocade Papers," "Block-Printed papers--exploring the technical and stylistic evolution of decoration and offering unique historical and socioeconomic context for each category. Images are accompanied by captions that include context, process, materials, and subject. Though promoted as a "sourcebook for designers," this volume is also a perfect resource for historians and preservation staff engaged in research. The book includes a moderate notes section, a glossary, suggestions for further reading and research, and a small but effective index. Invaluable for anyone interested in design, art history, history, material culture, or fine arts. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. --Lisa R. Hudgins, independent scholar