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8 June 2004
KOOPS, Matthias. 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. Printed on the First Useful Paper Manufactured solely from Straw [London:] T. Burton, 1800. Small 2°. Wood-engraved coat of arms, tables, appendix. (Front free endpaper detached, neat tear G1). Contemporary paper boards, title in ink on spine (worn). Bigmore and Wyman p.399; Brunet II, 690 (note); Lowndes 1290.
FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR (end of dedication, B1 verso). 'A very interesting work, consisting of 91 pages... The paper is thick as cartridge or wrapping paper, and of a deep yellow colour. The book is dedicated to George III, and the preface states that the writer, having been granted patents for extracting Printing and Writing Inks from Waste Paper by reducing it to a pulp, and converting it inot white paper fit for writing... he 'lays at his Majesty's feet' the first useful paper which has ever been made from straw...' (Bigmore and Wyman).
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