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Alan Isaac Rare Books

William Balston – Paper-maker 1759-1849


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Author: BALSTON, Thomas

Published by: Metheun & Co. (London, 1954)

8vo, xii, 172pp. 14 plates, 5 in-text illustrations. Brown cloth, gilt. Colour printed d/w.

The subject was an apprentice to Whatman and served him until the former’s death before founding Springfield Mill, probably the first such to be steam powered dedicating himself to producing fine white papers for writing and drawing. Watermarks shown. A very good copy (uniform with  Cat. ref.: 85). End-leaves slightly spotted. Short closed tear to d/w and minor edge nibbles and sunning to spine.

Cat. ref.: 86