Die älteste Urkunde der Papierfabrikation in der Natur entdeckt nebst Vorschlägen zu neuen Papierstoffen. Gerhard Anton SENGER.

Die älteste Urkunde der Papierfabrikation in der Natur entdeckt nebst Vorschlägen zu neuen Papierstoffen...

x, [11]-96 pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in cont. half-sheep & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, black leather lettering piece on spine. Dortmund & Leipzig: G. Mallinckrodt, 1799.

First edition. “An exceedingly rare book of ninety-six pages relating to the oldest record of papermaking discovered in nature, with proposals for new materials for making paper. The essay is printed on paper fabricated from conferva, a water plant, called by Senger water wool. He states that water wool, or river paper, was the oldest form of papermaking in nature. This material he termed a coralline product, being the web of water insects, seed capsules, or insects’ eggs. Senger discusses the probability of sufficient conferva being found as a substitute for rags in papermaking.”–Hunter, Literature of Papermaking, pp. 46-47.

Conferva, according to the O.E.D., is a genus of plants consisting of certain fresh water green algae, composed of unbranched many-celled filaments.

Fine copy and pretty copy. This is a truly rare book: Leonard Schlosser, the greatest collector of the 20th century of books on the history of paper, never acquired a copy. His collection is now at the NYPL and several years ago we were able to furnish a copy, thereby filling a conspicuous gap.

❧ Not in Schlosser’s An Exhibition of Books on Papermaking (Phila.: 1968).

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 1665

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