Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

In his introduction to Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley, David P. Bourbeau gives a fascinating history of fine printing and binding in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, with special attention paid to decorated and paste papers. This precedes full-page reproductions of nineteen paste papers with short biographies of their makers. With all the recent talk about Pattern and Flow: A Golden Age of American Decorated Paper, 1960s to 2000s at the Grolier Club right now, this one seems like a no-brainer. And speaking of no brains, how is it the publishers of this book only printed 300 copies?! This one is crying to be reprinted and made available. No wonder one of the publishers went out of business. Stupid. But a good book and otherwise unavailable anywhere.
  • Author: David P. Bourbeau
  • Size: 5.875 × 8.25 inches 
  • Pages: 48 
  • Binding: Softcover 
  • Publisher: Catawba Press and Kat Ran Press, 2011