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An Anthology Of Decorated Papers: A Sourcebook For Designers

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. 256 illustrations

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (January 11, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0500518122

ISBN-13: 978-0500518120

Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.2 x 12 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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First, the optics.......This is a beautiful book, inside and out. The publisher has gone full-out with this one, beginning with a unique wrap-around cover made of several examples of decorative papers.....a treat for the target audience. Namely, the paper addicts. This book documents a singular historic archive of papers, both humble and rare; a reminder that "ephemera" is anything-but momentary. Many of the pages are full-bleed examples of historic papers, beautifully reproduced on paper stock that is matte-but-not-murky. As one turns the pages, there is a feeling of exploration and discovery; a suitable mix of stunning visuals and intelligent text. The next time I hear someone talk about the "demise of hard cover books", in favor of digital/on-screen volumes, I will refer them to this book. From the solid covers adorned in tactilefolded examples of decorative papers, to the kindred and illuminating photos and text -- this is a book that will remind you why you love BOOKS.

gorgeous, inspiring, generous, innovating, revealing, precious book. thank you for the ultra fast delivery that actually matched my impatience to hold it in my end, and also my pkeasure to do so.


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