Cheshire, England: D. Tomlinson, 1996. First Edition, First Printing. A Fine Hardcover.
Fine in a Fine slipcase minimal handling. Printed and bound by Smith Settle, Otley, England; 1500 copies. Bound in deep red T grain Victorian Bookcloth. Fine in a Fine slipcase minimal handling. 10.25 inches tall (slipcase); xvi, 143 pages, 11 unnumbered leaves of plates: illustrations, portraits (some color), color samples; cloth samples. Appendices.
Fine / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #015079
Comprehensive study of the science and history of manufacturing bookcloth; focusing on the development and use of starch-filled bookcloth in particular, from building factories to the formation of the Winterbottom Book Cloth Company in 1891, which dominated the industry for almost a century.
The real treasure of this book is the section at the end containing 36 tipped-in samples of the qualities and 30 examples of designs, which bring the processes and treatments described in the text to life in a way that words alone simply cannot.
Includes bibliography and extensive notes and appendices. Color portrait frontispiece of Archibald Winterbottom (1814-1884) and color portrait of George Harold Winterbottom (1860-1934), the founders of the Winterbottom Book Cloth Company (1891-1980).
Appendices: Distributors; Early history of bleaching in Britain; Making paper/cotton calendar bowls; Interlaken's competitors in the United States; Early histories of three British leathercloth companies References. Sample section ; Feeler samples of Victorian-type and other bookcloths; Designs - pages A to E; Qualities - pages F to K.