- Stuttgart, Germany: Wilhelm Leo, 1891.
- full tree calf, five raised bands, leather spine label in gilt, all edges marbled
- 224 pages with 5 leaves of single mounted marbled paper specimens + 5 leaves each with 6 mounted marbled paper specimens
Price: $3,500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134768
Nach technisch-wissenschaftlichen grundlagen bearbeitet von Josef Halfer, Buchbinder in Budapest. II. Verbesserte und vermehrte auflage. Mit anhang verzierung der buchsnitte.
Text in German. Second edition--the first to be illustrated--of this seminal work on marbling by the Budapest based bookbinder and marbler, Josef Halfer. It was first published, without specimen papers in 1885. This second edition of Halfer's famous marbling guide was the first to contain original samples and ten plates containing 35 marbled specimens, which are all accounted for. "The Halfer system is so important that marbling history is broken at this point, and referred to as pre-Halferian and post-Halferian marbling. The advantages of the Halfer system were two-fold: freed of the laborious preparation of colors, and with standardized colors, marblers could produce more work; and secondly, the use of carragheen size allowed finer detail in marbling" (Easton, Marbling, A History, pp. 78-9). See also R. Wolfe, Marbled Paper, 1990, pp. 124-30.
Later tree calf is tight and in terrific condition. The hinges are lightly worn, as well as the edges of the front and rear boards. Marbled paper samples are bright.