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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rare Cockerell Marbled "Step-by-Step" Sheets:

Discoveries abound....


Firstly, it should go without saying that these (and all BLOG images are ©2013 by Michael L. Chrisman, and may not under any circumstances be reprinted, shared, etc, without my permission! Thanks!)


Over the last few days I've been milling through my extensive collection of bookbinding things. This includes everything from books and ephemera about books and bookbinding, ancient binding tools, inatglio plates, and a vast number of rare "one-of-a-kind" things, etc. I even uncovered a two-foot thick stack of antique handmade paper, which included dozens of sheets of Wokey-Hole, Barcham-Green, Powell, and, yes, to my glad remembrance ~ "Dard Hunter" paper, made by Dard! And over two hundred antiquarian book covers that I rescued years ago from the trash heep of an old, old bindery. Unbelievable the covers there are in these boxes. So here is my point... to those who have not built up such collections, please do it now. This is the perfect time to bone-up on your collection. I have a young apprentice that will inherit all of these things one day, but for most other young binders today it's hard to acquire such items. But always look for these items, and even if you think you can't afford it, believe me, you can't afford [not] to.

Among the "third floor" discoveries was a archival tube with (8) sheets of [1976] Douglas Cockerell & Son marbled papers from the old collection of my departed friend, Master Binder Arno Werner (1899-1994).... BUT, these are very, very special Cockerell papers! They are full hand-marbled sheets of EACH step involved in making one of Cockerell's famous design patterns. The note illustrated reveals the date of these sheets as 26 January 1976. Now nearly 40 years ago!  Arno always said that this was the only such set like this, as they were made at his request, to use as a teaching aid. ~ Enjoy!





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AGAIN,  it should go without saying that these (and all BLOG images are ©2013 by Michael L. Chrisman, and may not under any circumstances be reprinted, shared, etc, without my permission! Thanks!)