The Quarterly No. 50 - April 2004


Matthias Koops' Historical Account - Alan Crocker

A thorough examination of Historical account of the substances which have been used to describe events, and to convey ideas, from the earliest date, to the invention of paper, by Matthias Koops and published in two editions in 1800 and 1801. These were printed on some of the first commercially made straw, wood and recycled papers. To date 100 copies of the book have been located, 43 first editions and 57 second editions, the article discusses in depth the papers used in the printing of the books, as well as the author and printers used.

12 pages, illustrated, tables


Belgium Conference 2002

A Short Introduction to the History of Papermaking in Wallonia - Alphonse Radermecker

Wallonia, or the Walloon Region, is according to a Belgian law of 1993 the French speaking entity within the Federal Kingdom of Belgium. To date a complete and comprehensive history of papermaking in Wallonia has not been published. In this article the author sketches how papermaking started, and how it has developed until the present day in this region.

7 pages, illustrated, tables


Yet more Heath Robinson

Another illustration by W Heath Robinson relating to the making of paper, this time an advertisement for the papermill engineers, Vickery's Ltd. A 1954 letterhead from Vickery's was illustrated in The Quarterly No 27. This is the sixth example of W Heath Robinson's papermaking illustrations we have published, pervious examples are in The Quarterly No 42; The Quarterly No 44 and The Quarterly No 48. If anybody knows of any more please contact the Association.

1 page, illustrated


Bath Conference 1999

The History of St Anne's Board Mill Co Ltd (Bristol) - Brian Attwood

St Anne's Board Mill Co Ltd was located on the south bank of the river Avon in a small valley in the district of Brislington/St Anne's in south east Bristol. The mill was established in 1912 and by the early 1930's it was running four machines. By the 1970's the annual output had reached 160,000 to 170,000 tons, yet due to economical and political conditions it was fated to close in 1980.

3 pages, illustrated


French Paper in English Books - John Bidwell

English printers depended on imported paper until the late seventeenth century, when the government began to encourage manufacturing ventures by granting monopolies, raising tariffs, and boycotting the nation's economic enemies. Until this time French mills dominated the market, supplying more than the other exporting countries combined. The author provides an in depth study of the imports of paper and the development of the home industry in the seventeenth century.

7 pages


"Very Good for Jam and Poetry" - Oscar Wilde & Vegetable Parchment - Philip Harris

One can always fall back on vegetable parchment for a cover; it is rather nice really and is very good for jam and poetry.

If not Oscar Wilde's wittiest aphorism, certainly this is the wittiest remark ever made about vegetable parchment. And it brilliantly encapsulates in a tiny compass the full spectrum of is uses, and brevity is the soul of wit ... But who would have expected Oscar Wilde to write of this substance, or for that matter to be aware of its existence? And what was its significance?

2 pages


Notes on Inaccuracies in Shorter's Paper Mills and Paper Makers - Daven Chamberlain

This article is based on the authors experiences of using Alfred Shorter's magnum opus on early English papermaking. He is researching Thorney Mill, Iver, Buckinghamshire and naturally considered this book an obvious starting place. However, in the course of the research he observed a large number of errors and omissions, which are discussed in the article.

2 pages


Bath Conference 1999

Turner's use of Papers and Boards as Supports for Oil Sketches - Peter Bower

Turner rarely sketched in oils on paper or board, but the few groups of works surviving in the Bequest are important in many ways to our understanding of his working methods. His use of boards of any sort was relatively rare and confined to a few specific uses. Aside from his explorations into working in oil on paper-based supports rather than canvas or panel his use of boards is mostly concentrated on studies for vignettes and a few small watercolours and some pencil sketches. The author provides a categorised descriptive list of the different paper based supports used by Turner for works in oils as papers, pasteboards and millboards.

12 pages, illustrated


Two Sale Notices

In response to the request in The Quarterly No 48 a notice from the Belfast Commercial Chronicle has been sent in. The notice lists equipment and other material including the Drying Loft Windows from Mr Richard Wolfenden's of Lambeg. The paper is watermarked B W & Co, if any reader can shed light on either Richard Wolfenden or B W & Co please contact us.

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