Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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stormont marble

A marble pattern developed in the late 18th century and one especially identified with English bookbinding (sometimes being called the "English stormont"). Its distinctive feature is the red vein running through a network of slaty blue. Indigo is especially suitable for this pattern because of the absence of any pasty or sticky quality to it. Instead of the usual oxgall, a small amount of turpentine is added to the blue, which causes the color to break up into a fine network of lacy spots. Because the turpentine evaporates rapidly, the marbler must handle the colors quickly, keeping them stirred constantly. The name "stormont" applies to all colors mixed with turpentine, which may be used in combination with a French or shell color. The pattern is usually produced on a size of gum tragacanth and flea seed. (217 , 368 )




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