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The book of fine paper
Turner, Silvie, 1946-
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Publication Information:
New York : Thames and Hudson, 1998.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
"A worldwide guide to contemporary papers for art, design & decoration"--Dust jacket.
General Note:
"Samples of fine papers from around the world" ([4] p. ; 26 cm.), inserted in pocket.

Includes indexes.
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TS1105 .T87 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Rare Books Reference

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This is a reference guide to the finest papers available in the world today. It explains how different papers are made, what they are used for and where to find them.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Virtually any question about the use, selection, care, production, or availability of handmade or fine machine-made paper has an answer somewhere in this compendium of paper lore. Designed as a resource for artists, paper makers, or anyone concerned with archival paper use, this work presents brief descriptions of the varied paper making of Europe, the Americas, and Asia along with an extensive country-by-country listing of paper producers and the particulars of all the types of paper that each mill offers. Along the way, we learn hundreds of paper-making terms (more than 150 in Japanese alone) and gain an appreciation of the history of paper making and fiber preparation. Technical discussions of the specific paper characteristics affecting usage for purposes as diverse as watercolor and computer printing are clear and to the point. The only disappointment is that the 18 paper samples included in a fold inside the cover‘sure to disappear from libraries‘are too few after our appetites have been whetted. Essential for every library with artists as patrons and also of interest to preservation departments.‘David McClelland, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In this comprehensive introduction and reference on fine paper, Turner (Royal College of Art, London) describes the manufacturing processes, various materials used, characteristics of different paper types, and a portrait of numerous paper mills and the papers they produce. She focuses on handmade papers and their production, within the context of the history of paper production and including a brief description of machine-made papers and their characteristics. The processes of fine paper production are clearly depicted. The book is divided into Western and Eastern traditions of paper production; the process of each tradition is explored in depth and shown in high quality black-and-white photographs. The mills are introduced in sections according to country, with special emphasis on mills in the UK, US, and Japan. This is both a great book for learning about important issues in selecting and using fine paper, and an excellent reference to help discover appropriate papers for a specific application. It will be especially useful for artists, fine printers, designers, and other users of quality paper. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. S. Visser Purdue University