Australia and the South Pacific
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Chillicothe, OH: Mountain House Press, 1927. Number 175 of 200 copies signed and numbered by Dard Hunter. He states on the limitation page that owing to the methods used in producing this book the edition is necessarily limited.This is a scarce groundbreaking early work by Hunter. Dard Hunter (1883-1966) is considered by many to be the father of hand papermaking in the United States. Hunter travelled extensively around the world, learning about papermaking and collecting artifacts related to the topic. He wrote several books on hand papermaking traditions, and also studied other paper-like materials such as papyrus and amatl. Primitive Papermaking was Dard Hunter’s first book on international, non-Western papermaking. Most of this volume concerns the production of tapa [bark cloth] in the Pacific and in Southeast Asia. Hunter made the case that although usually termed ‘bark-cloth’ by Westerners, this material, made by beating the fibers of the inner barks of trees, is actually paper. The first explorers to encounter this material termed it “cloth” primarily because of its uses, not because of its construction. Hunter spent years acquiring the samples of tapa, many of which were quite old. Hunter noted the affinity of “silverfish” for tapa. Thus, older pieces do not survive well in their tropical places of origin. The craft had already disappeared in places Hunter visited in the first quarter of the 20th century, although he was able to obtain historical samples [University of Utah exhibition on paper through the centuries]. Hunter traveled to the South Seas, including Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Hawaii, in addition to Mexico and parts of South America. He collected bark and bark paper specimens every where he traveled, and carefully studied and documented the techniques and methods used by the papermakers in each location. Printed with Hunter's own hand-cut and hand-cast type, with the statement in the preface: "The punches, matrices, moulds, and tools which were employed in the making of this type are now in the Smithsonian institution and after the cessation of my publishing the type itself will be destroyed." The book has photographs, illustrations of tools and techniques, facsimiles where original specimens were not available, two bark specimens and 31 bark paper specimens. Occasional light offsetting from specimens and very light browning to some page edges. With untrimmed loose bifold sheets as issued, and housed in the original paper portfolio with cloth spine and corners, printed paper cover label, and three sets of ribbon ties. Light bumping to corners. With 47 numbered pages and 56 unnumbered pages with the specimens. In very good plus to near fine condition. Folio volume measuring 12 x 17 inches. PRI/091123. Near Fine.
London: Stanley Paul & Co., (1911). Hardcover. Not dated, circa 1911. Includes 36 illustrations in half-tone. Greyish blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front board. Dark blue crayon scribble to front board. Minor discoloration to edges of boards. Spotting (possibly mildew - although no odor) to rear board). Bumping to cloth on head of spine. The interior is clean and bright. 316 pages plus ads. AUST/102021. Very Good.
Brisbane: The Law Book Company Limited, 1913. Hardcover. G+ in three quarter brown leather binding and orange/brown cloth. Some spotting on cloth; a 3/4 inch tear along bottom of spine, leather on spine and corners chipped. Title page detached; table of contents, blank page at end, and several intermittent pages have 2x 1/2'' square cut out of top center of page -- does not affect text. Australia. AUST01/011899. Good +.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1985). Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends. Light browing to end pages. Else is pristine. Black dust jacket with yellow title to front and spine panels. Slight creasing to spine ends of dust jacket. Index, 298 pages. South Pacific. SOUPAC/051111. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Melbourne: Colorgravure Publications. Hardcover. Very Good in a Very Good dustjacket. Top corner of front board slightly bumped, owner name on front flyleaf and gift inscription on title page; dustjacket moderately rubbed at extremities, but still bright overall. Photographs in color and black and white, including color photograph endpapers. Australia. AUS8/11211. Very Good.
New South Wales: Benevolent Society of New South Wales, 1963. Hardcover. Alfred (Alf) Conlon was an important and controversial figure in Australia during World War II. He was the head of the Australian Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs and was an influential figure in the Pacific region after the war through the Australian School of Pacific Administration, which grew out of the directorate. He also helped to found the National Union of Australian University Students, obtained a medical degree and practiced psychiatry before his untimely death from cardiovasular disease. This memorial contains tributes from 36 of his colleagues. Size: Octavo. In black paper wrappers with gilt title to front wrapper and to spine. Binding in near-new condition. Interior pages are bright and clean. Owner signature to front free end paper. AUS/042921. Very Good.