Versuch, den Ursprung der Spielkarten, die Einführung des Leinenpapieres, und den Anfang der Holzschneidekunst in Europa zu erforschen. Johann Gottlob Immanuel BREITKOPF.
Versuch, den Ursprung der Spielkarten, die Einführung des Leinenpapieres, und den Anfang der Holzschneidekunst in Europa zu erforschen.

Playing Cards & Paper

Versuch, den Ursprung der Spielkarten, die Einführung des Leinenpapieres, und den Anfang der Holzschneidekunst in Europa zu erforschen.

14 engraved plates (of which six are folding & four are on two sheets). 2 p.l., 136 pp. Large 4to, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Leipzig: J.G.I. Breitkopf, 1784.

First edition which deals extensively with the history of paper; seven of the plates illustrate papermaking, both Oriental and Western. “There are several plates of interest, including the interior of a Japanese paper mill, and the implements of a Hindustani paper manufactory; also engravings of old stamping machines and reproductions of numerous watermarks.”–Hunter, Papermaking through Eighteen Centuries, p. 96.

A fine copy. A sequel, which discusses entirely different topics, appeared in 1801 and is not present here for obvious reasons.

❧ Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 81–“A learned and practical treatise on the origin of playing-cards, the introduction of paper made from linen into the various countries of Europe, and the invention of wood-engraving, with many citations of authorities for the statements made. The plates are very curious.” Hunter, The Literature of Papermaking 1390-1800, p. 41.

Price: $3,750.00

Item ID: 5898