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LINED NOTEBOOK 10 X 15 CM - PAUL NASH CURWEN PRESS (BLACK)


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LINED NOTEBOOK 10 X 15 CM - PAUL NASH CURWEN PRESS (BLACK)


Lined notebook 10 cm wide by 15 cm tall. 128 sides of Italian ivory ruled paper. 

The cover is a design by Paul Nash. It is a reprint of one of three Curwen press papers re-published by Shepherds and is currently out of print.  

Paul Nash (1889 – 1946) played an important part in the development of the Curwen pattern papers. These designs are based on wood engravings. ‘Wood seems to yield,’ he wrote, ‘to the evolution of an abstract design or a decorative arabesque as stone excites the sculptor to the creation of a pure form’. (The Woodcut, Herbert Furst, 1927, quoted in A New Specimen Book of Curwen Pattern Papers, David McKitterick, 1987) Writing about Curwen Press pattern papers Paul Nash states they are, "a humble part of the endless contribution to decoration which forms one of the most absorbing studies in the history of aesthetics".

The Curwen Press came into being in 1863 and its work in the early C20th had a strong focus on well-designed commercial printing. Contemporary artists were commissioned as illustrators and designers and in the 1920s, the Curwen Press began the production of  a collection of iconic pattern papers, commissioning designs from young artists including Eric Ravilious, Enid Marx, Edward Bawden,  Engraved patterns were transferred onto lithographic plates. They were used widely in publishing, for example by the Folio Society, by Penguin and by Hamish Hamilton in the Novel Library series. With the closure of the press in 1984, the manufacture of the papers came to an end.


LINED NOTEBOOK 10 X 15 CM - PAUL NASH CURWEN PRESS (BLACK)


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