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Don Stefano Morano’s Paper Mill, 2017

Giles MacDonogh’s is the second translation of J.W. Goethe’s German text into English. The text included in the book gives an anecdotal account of Neapolitan papermaking from the perspective of German artist Philip Hackert. In the text, Hackert and his brother are tasked with managing the print-work for the court of Ferdinand IV. They seek out the paper of Don Stefano Morano to improve the paper quality for the King and Prime Minister John Acton. The passage is drawn from Goethe’s published compilation, ‘A Biographical Sketch of Philip Hackert, Taken Principally from his own Notes (1811)’. Geri Waddington has illustrated the texts with seven wood engravings, depicting the process of paper manufacturing from her recent visits to the Moulin de Verger papermill in Puymoyen.

24 pages, 255 x 170mm. Edition 7 of 25. Hand-set and printed by John Grice at Evergreen Press in Bodoni type on Magnani Pescia Editions paper. Seven images accompany the text with a further six prints included.

This copy is from the limited edition of 25. The book is bound in black quarter morocco with gold lettering on the spine. The book and its slipcase are covered in a reproduction of an eighteenth-century Italian decorated paper. Also included is Waddington’s full set of prints.

£250 (plus P&P and insurance)