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PASTA



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Dear John,
Quoting from AN ALBUM OF HISTORIC BOOKBINDINGS, Clara Louisa Penney, The
Hispanic Society of America 1967: PASTA, thin leather painted or sprinkled in
colors, then drawn over waste papers pasted together.
This latter I believe pertains to book boards made by laminating waste sheet.
PASTA is further defined as:
ESPANOLA, in grayish or brown colors;
BARCELONESA, in reddish and black;
VALENCIANA, in pinkish color.
Penney illustrates the term with two bindings illustrated in black and white;
one is a traditional tree marble, the other a tree marble with only
"branches" on the boards, beginning at the foredge and thinning towards the
spine.
A search of Emilio Brugalla's EL ARTE EN EL LIBRO... failed to turn up the
use of the term by him. When he describes chemical marbles on his bindings he
describes them as either the stone being imitated, i.e., JASPAR, or the
chemicals used.
Hope that this helps.

James Tapley Hand Bookbinder
2077 Thirteenth Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
USA

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