(Paper Specimens).
  • Aschaffenburg, Germany: A. Nees & Co., 1910-1942.
  • 8vo and 4to
  • contemporary half cloth (4 vols); contemporary half calf (2 vols); publisher's stiff cardboard wrappers, gilt / manuscript title to front cover (10 vols.); publisher's stiff cardboard wrappers, plain or with gilt title to front cover (75 vols)

Price: $15,000.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 134585

A collection of 91 individual catalogues containing over 10,000 mounted original marbled, coated, embossed and other decorated paper samples. The collection includes 3 in-house catalogues around 1910, one with manuscript label on front cover 'Betriebs-Büro' and two catalogues with loosely laid in sheets with manuscript recipes in a few places accompanied by descriptive original samples; 10 catalogues with printed / manuscript title "Neuheiten" for the years 1927, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934 (2 vols) and 1939; 3 further thick half colth catalogues around 1930; 75 brochures published 1920 through 1930.

'Neuheiten' volume 1934 with half-page los to front wrapper, volume 1939 with damage to front edge (not affecting samples). As usual with a collection of catalogues such as this a few samples are torn out, crossed out or damaged, and with a few mostly smaller cut-outs. Covers slightly dusty, and with traces of handling, rubbed and sometimes dog-eared. Overall a remarkably well preserved collection of paper trade catalogues.

NDB III, pp. 615-616. Heinz Schmidt-Bachem: Aus Papier. Eine Kultur- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte der Papierverarbeitenden Industrie in Deutschland pp. 466-471. Richard Wolfe: Marbled Paper, its History, Techniques and Patterns, p. 26. Alois Dessauer (born as Aron Baruch Dessauer; 1763-1850) was a former financier and army supplier at the elector's court in Mainz, he then moved to Aschaffenburg and became an important manufacturer of decorated papers. In 1810 he founded the firm Alois Dessauer Buntpapierfabrik Aschaffenburg. After his death in 1850 his two sons Josef (1794-1853) and Franz Johann (1805-1867) split up and Josef became successor to his father and became the owner of the firm Alois Dessauer whereas Franz Johann founded a new business under his own name. In 1859 his business went public under its new firm name Actien-Gesellschaft Buntpapier & Leimfabrikation Aschaffenburg and issued stock on the exchange. Franz Johann's son Philipp Dessauer (1837-1900), an entrepreneur in the paper industry himself entered his father's business after attending high school in 1852. In 1860 he was appointed chairman of the board and over the next four decades he aggressively took over decorated and fancy paper manufactures all over Germany, with the first being all of his business competitors based in Aschaffenburg, among them the Buntpapierfabrig AG, the A. Nees & Co. Kg and the Buntpapierfabrik Franz Dahlem & Co. Other businesses he bought include a white paper and cellulose factory with production facilities in Damm and Stockstadt; E. T. Kretschmar in Dresden; the Bunt- und Luxuspapierfabrik in Goldbach; the Gebrüder Willisch in Schneeberg; P. Schnell in Kassel; Oswald Enterlein in Niedersedlitz, W. Stern & Co in Fürth; the firm of Sell in Stuttgart; Ludwig Bahr in Kassel; and A. Dittberner in Breslau. In 1880, Philipp Dessauer was one of the founders and first chairman of the association of German pulp manufacturers. Both businesses of the Dessauer brothers existed side by side until 1908 when they merged in the Buntpapierfabrik Aschaffenburg, one of the world's largest manufactures of decorated papers.

This collection comprises a huge variety of fancy papers printed or otherwise coloured and patterned in numerous techniques, with embossing and other surface treatments, on various paper stock and foils with shiny or grained surfaces imitating various sorts of leather and fabrics. The majority of the brochures just show one sort of decorated paper in various color gradations or in related surface treatments. 10 brochures with added manuscript content, including color formulas accompanied by exemplary paper samples, annotations and a number of complementary samples for comparison of shades. The 'Neuheiten' catalogue for 1927 with a separate printed price list loosely laid in. The 'Neuheiten' catalogue for 1930 with manuscript recipes on loosely laid in sheets with mounted samples.

Dimensions of samples vary but could be grouped into three most used dimensions covering approximately 90% of the total number of samples: 1. 45 x 30 mm. 2. 104 x 40 mm. 3. 115 x 102 mm and others up to ca 230 x 150 mm. All items with lithographed frames and manuscript numbering and camptions, others include printed labels with numbering and captions or a mixture of both.