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Studies on the History of Papermaking in Britain

1st Edition

By Alfred H. Shorter


362 pages

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The late A.H. Shorter is widely acknowledged for his pioneering work on the history of the British paper-making industry, and his books continue to provide the basis for further research. The present volume brings together all his many articles, hitherto scattered across a variety of specialist publications and often virtually inaccessible. In these studies Dr Shorter tackled the subject with a broader scope than was possible in his books; in particular, they cover the period after 1800, tracing the changing geographical pattern of the industry. They also contain a wealth of detailed information on papermaking across Britain, notably in the counties of southwest England, that is impossible to find elsewhere, and is now made accessible through the comprehensive indexes to the volume. Le regretté A. H. Shorter est largement reconnu pour ses travaux originaux sur l’histoire de l’industrie papetière britannique et ses ouvrages continuent d’être à la base de toutes recherches supplémentaires. Le présent volume rassemble la totalité de ses nombreux articles, jusqu’à présent dispersés sur tout un éventail de publications spécialisées et bien trop souvent inaccessibles. Au travers de ces études, l’auteur s’attaque au sujet sur un rayon plus large que cela n’avait été possible dans ses livres; couvrant en particulier la période après 1800 et traçant la structure géographique de l’industrie. Le recueil contient aussi abondance d’informations détaillées sur la fabrication du papier partout en Grande-Bretagne, notamment dans les contés du sud-ouest de l’Angleterre, et qu’il est impossible de trouver ailleurs.


'This book is an important addition to any Paper History library' The British Association of Paper Historians 'Alfred Shorter’s contributions to the history of papermaking have been substantial, and we are very lucky to have his many articles brought together in this volume. No historian of paper should be without it.' Libraries and Culture

Table of Contents

Contents: Paper mills on the map; Paper mills in England in the 1690s; Paper mills in England in the 1820s; The distribution of British paper mills in 1851; Paper mills - their geographical distribution in Britain; The excise numbers of paper mills in England and Wales; Watermarks in English paper with special reference to the early 19th century; Paper-mould makers in England; Early steam-engines in British paper mills; The distribution of paper-making in Cornwall in the 19th century; The paper-making industry near Barnstaple; Paper-making in Devon and Cornwall; Paper mills in Devon and Cornwall, further evidence; The paper-making industry in Cornwall; The historical geography of the paper-making industry in Devon, 1684-1950; Paper mills in Devon and Cornwall; The provenance of writing paper used in Devon in the late 18th century; Paper making in south-west England, 1638-1967; Paper mills in Dorset; Paper and board mills in Somerset; Paper mills in Somerset and Dorset, further evidence; Paper mills in Somerset; Paper mills in the Wye Valley, Buckinghamshire; Paper mills in Gloucestershire; Paper mills in Hampshire; Paper mills in Herefordshire; Early paper mills in Kent; Paper mills in the Maidstone District; Paper mills in Monmouthshire; The excise numbers of paper mills in Shropshire; Paper mills in Sussex; Paper-making in Wiltshire; Paper mills in Worcestershire; Hurcott paper mill; Paper mills in Scotland in 1800; Paper mills in Wales; Paper mills in Ireland; Indexes.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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