Item #11492 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.
Die älteste Urkunde der Papierfabrikation in der Natur entdeckt nebst Vorschlägen zu neuen Papierstoffen.
“EXCEEDINGLY RARE” — HUNTER

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

Dortmund and Leipzig, the Mallinckrodt Bros. 1799.

8vo (184 x 121 mm.). X, [11], 12-96p. PRINTED ENTIRELY ON PAPER MADE FROM CONFERVA.

UNCUT IN ORIGINAL LETTERPRESS DRAB GREEN WRAPPERS of conferva and rags (see below; small spine lacunae). The front wrapper has the title and imprint in a fleuron border; the outer rear wrapper lists contents, the inner errata.

Only Edition: THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED ON PAPER MADE FROM CONFERVA. For years Senger had observed this fibrous algae, on which insects laid their eggs, in the river banks of Westphalia. Here he argues this “water wool” is the oldest naturally occurring paper and a potential substitute for the linen and cotton rags then commonly used for papermaking. His failed attempts to make conferva’s paper-like qualities suitable for the pen or press led him to employ papermakers H.W. Funckenberg and son, who perfected the process. On the inside front cover, Funckenberg attests to the superiority of conferva over rags in paper yield, noting that 100 pounds of rags produces just 10 or 11 pounds of paper, whereas 100 pounds of conferva furnishes 100 pounds of paper. The resulting material has a greyish color, to which Funckenberg added blue rags to create the “green” covers (p. VIII). Leonard Schlosser, the great collector of the history of paper, never obtained a copy. IN ORIGINAL CONDITION (covers slightly creased and chipped, outer blank margin of four leaves lightly stained), contemporary inscription on the inside front cover, 19th-century stamp completed in blue ink on the title.
¶Hunter, Papermaking 331-2 & 522-3; Weiss, “Grünes Papier für Zwecke des Buchdrucks” in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1976 25-35, esp. 25-7.

Item #11492

Price: $6,500.00