Janet's Find: End Papers
Vintage 19th-century marbled paper, Dahlia pattern
Vintage 19th-century marbled paper, gold vein overprinted on Turkish pattern
Janet Blyberg has posted the most amazing discovery: an online database of exquisite marbled papers at the University of Washington Libraries. (Papers used in old-school book-binding.)
The images are incredibly vivid, considering the age of the papers, and the information is highly detailed. It's quite a resource.
As I understand it, when Rizzoli recently published a facsimile of Edith Wharton's 1897 classic, The Decoration of Houses, the original book's marbled end papers served as inspiration for the 21st-century cover.
BTW: After publishing this post, I tried to recall if domino mentioned the database in a past issue -- a past marbled paper story. Does anyone else remember that?
Top two images via the University of Washington Libraries