FACSIMILE REPRINT of the English-language edition issued in Buffalo, New York by L. H. Kinder in 1893. Series: The History of Bookbinding Technique and Design. 8vo. 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. [x], 240, [ads ii] pp. Woodcut figures in the text illustrating equipment and practices, 10 tables with specimens of papers were likely color in the original but here reproduced in black-and-white, 2 pages of price lists for marbling kits at the rear; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth, spine titled in black; binding square and tight. Fine. Josef Halfer was a Budapest-based bookbinder and marbler. His book, "Die Fortschritte der Marmorierkunst," was first published in 1885. "The Halfer system is so important that marbling history is broken at this point, and referred to as pre-Halferian and post-Halferian marbling. The advantages of the Halfer system were two-fold: freed of the laborious preparation of colors, and with standardized colors, mablers could produce more work; and secondly, the use of carragheen size allowed finer detail in marbling." Easton, Marbling: A History, pp. 78-79.
Joseph Halfer, The Progress of the Marbling Art, Introduction by Victoria Dailey, Garland Reprint, The History of Bookbinding Technique and Design, Marbled Paper