- London: George Bell and Sons, 1881.
- original publishers green cloth.
- 82 pages.
- Order Nr. 16754
Price: $3,000.00 other currencies
Third edition, revised. Contains 39 plates of marbled paper specimens, some with multiple samples. Also present is an extra section of 9 specimens of marbled paper following a tipped-in notice that "The eight (sic) following specimens are of recent make and now much used, and may be procured of W. Mansell, & Co., Bookbinders, Crown Court, 121 Chancery Lane, London, W.C."
"A major event in British marbling, and surely one of the prime events in the entire history of marbling, occurred with the publication of Charles Woolnough's The Art of Marbling... There is no denying that (this book) was the most remarkable contribution to the literature up to that time, and it remains, together with a handful of other manuals, an essential work. In these initial editions he not only provided for all posterity the most intimate and detailed information on the actual materials and methods of the craft then in use, but also gave precise instructions for making approximately thirty patterns - the complete armamentarium of the English marbler at mid-nineteenth century - including both older designs and those that recently had become popular. Woolnough's new and slightly enlarged edition of his manual, issued in 1881, incorporated a few more patterns that had been introduced in the intervening years." - Wolfe, Marbled Paper, Its History, Techniques, and Patterns pp.77-80. Light wear at spine ends and small hole in back hinge.