An Ancient Marble

Marbled paper is one of those things that make up part of the aesthetic pleasure of pulling an old bound book from a shelf and flipping it open to reveal the myriad of features that distinguishes a well printed work. Largely absent from modern publications, marbled paper is a beautiful offshoot of the printing and binding industry which embraces art and technical skill in equal measure.

In it’s heyday ┬áno firm was more highly┬áregarded as masters of the practice than that of ┬áthe Cockerell Bindery in Hertfordshire. The video below shows the process from start to finish, highlighting the intricacy of the process and the control employed by a master of the craft. Enjoy.