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Re: Terminology for Book Cloth Grain Patterns -Reply

Ms Chipman (and list)--

As Robert Milevski suggests, Sue Allen (New Haven CT and a frequent
instructor at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School) is
certainly the leading scholar of 19th century book cloth grain
patterns (and other aspects of books).  Her published work to
date, which is fascinating, is not however likely to help settle
terminological questions in a systematic way.  Her unpublished
notes are likely a mine of information.

The "standard" reference source for grain patterns can be found in
the preliminary pages of Jacob Blanck et al, _Bibliography of
American Literature_ (Bibliographical Society of America), 6?
volumes, where a range of patterns is pictured and labeled.
This is likely to be consistant with Tanselle's 1979 essay but
may be more helpful.

Perhaps even more useful is a recent book by William Tomlinson
and Richard Masters, _Bookcloth 1823-1980_, reported as an
extremely thorough history of bookcloth, with full descriptions
of 71 Winterbottom designs, 36 samples of unprocessed cloth,
30 samples embossed, and another 50 descriptions of cloths dating
back to the 1860s. I have not yet examined a copy -- it is offered at
$500 a copy by Montecito Press, 2957 East Valley Road, Montecito,
CA 93108.

William Tomlinson worked for the Winterbottom Book Cloth
Company (an English firm with an American subsidiary) and the
Red Bridge Book Cloth Company for 50 years.

The identification of book cloth grain patterns is a substantial
and long-standing bibliographic problem.  I have thought of
making it an element of my work on the hundreds of editions,
1860-1938, of Owen Meredith's _Lucile_ (see <http://www.lib.
utulsa.edu/personal/huttner/huttner.htm>), but have not yet
started work toward it.  An on-line source which began with
the BAL classification and extended it would be immensely useful
to a great many people.

Cordially...................Sid Huttner

Sidney F. Huttner . Curator, Special Collections . McFarlin Library .
2933 East 6th Street . Tulsa, OK 74104-3123 . Phone: 918-631-3133 .
          Fax: 918-631-5022 . Email: huttner@xxxxxxxxxx
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