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B4270. Old Fashioned Floral Illustrations / Grafton B4270. Old Fashioned Floral Illustrations by Carol Grafton. 1990. 64pp.8.5"x11". Paper.
Recommended by Heather Held
For this exceptionally comprehensive and useful collection, the author has selected over 700 royalty-free floral illustrations from a variety of rare 19th-century publications. Carefully chosen for attractiveness and appeal are bouquets of mixed florals; single blossoms of exquisite roses, calla lilies, and tulips; delicate sprays of daisies and apple blossoms; wreaths woven of wildflowers; nasturtium borders; and much more. Delightful vignettes of a child tending her garden, a young couple sharing thoughts in a turn-of-a-century greenhouse, and dozens of other appealing scenes round out this charming sourcebook of immediately usable floral motifs. Their crisp detail, reproducibility, and charming old-time flavor make them ideal for a myriad of graphic projects.
B4317. Marbled Paper /Wolfe B4317. Marbled Paper: Its History, Techniques, and Patterns by Richard J. Wolfe. 2018. 245pp. 37 color plates. 9"x12". Paper Subtitle: with special reference to the relationship of marbling to bookbinding in Europe and the Western world.
Second edition, from the original edition published in 1990 by the University of Pennsylvania Press (a publication of the A.S.W. Rosenbach Fellowship in Bibliography). With over 350 color and 80 black-and-white illustrations, and a new Foreword by Sidney Berger. Richard J. Wolfe (1928-2017) was a rare book librarian, practicing marbler, and collector of marbled papers and books about marbling. This book is the result of more than 25 years of research and practical experience. Wolfe tracked down and sorted out historical records of marbling from their original sources, drawing on his own extensive experience as a practitioner to write eloquently on technical and stylistic questions. The resulting study puts all aspects of this fascinating craft in proper perspective. When first published, Marbled Paper was immediately recognized as the most comprehensive study of marbling to that point, and its status as the standard history of the subject is undiminished.