Alan Isaac Rare Books

Author: P.J.M. Marks

Published by: Thames & Hudson (London, 2015)

Large octavo, 256p, 256 coloured illustrations. Marbled paper over boards with a decorated paper assembly d/w

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.

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.  Phillipa Marks is Curator of Bookbindings at the British Library, London.

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