American Paper Mills, 1690-1832 (Hardback)
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American Paper Mills, 1690-1832 (Hardback)

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Hardback 436 Pages / Published: 14/03/2013
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Unprecedented in size and scope, this directory describes more than 500 paper mills on the basis of census records, archival sources, local histories, and watermark evidence. It traces economic developments and technological changes in the American paper trade from the colonial period to the industrial era, with special reference to its close connections with the printing business, which depended on local sources of supply for newsprint, book paper, and plate paper for engraved illustrations. Newly discovered and reattributed watermarks make it possible to identify these products and provide a more reliable means of dating and localizing works on paper. This fully documented survey of paper mills also contains biographical information about members of the trade and a succinct history of papermaking in America with essays on manufacturing methods, mechanization, business practices, and distribution networks. Among the illustrations in this volume are hitherto unrecorded woodcut and engraved views of manufactories, used in the packaging art of that period.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584659648
Number of pages: 436
Weight: 1225 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The book belies the dryness of its subtitle with tales of business deals turned violent and limbs mangled in machinery. New York Times"
John Bidwell has produced another remarkable book that will be the bedrock of the study of American paper history for years to come: a labour of love, persistence and rigorous scholarship, it will provide the essential basis for anyone interested in that country s paper making history. . . . John Bidwell s comprehensive account of early paper making in America is unprecedented in size and scope for American paper history studies. The Quarterly, The Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians"
Bidwell s introduction discusses concisely but fluently all aspects of the papermaking business. . . . The book is so admirably organized and carefully compiled that the electronic version offers no significant advantage. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP News)"

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