Stephen Herold Handmade Paper

Old Hand and Mouldmade Papers

For reference I list here those old papers which are now sold out


Fabriano 16mo Bifolia

This is the oldest blank paper we have ever seen in any quantity. It comes from a bookbinder's sample book dated 1589 in a contemporary Italian hand and is watermarked "GF", a known Fabriano mark of the period. Palatino say of Renaissance paper, "the finest, smoothest, whitest is the best." Here you can see what he meant 407 years ago. The bifolia have minute stiching holes in the spine and gilt edges, and some have a thin glue line on the outer spine from the binding that can be removed with some care. These make precious little booklets.
Folded size 3 7/8" x 6 1/8"; open size 7 3/4" x 6 1/8"
Around 110 gsm
Hot Press

Crown & Sceptre Demi

Created by Barcham Green for the legal profession with a book and gavel watermark. A soft pastel green/off white shade and a sensual , slightly textured hot press finish. Nice for illustration and watercolors as well as writing.
15 1/2" x 20 1/2"
120 gsm
Hot Press

Charter Oak

An antique gray color and toothy texture characterize this Barcham Green paper.
20" x 25"
100 gsm
Cold Press

Whatman Cloister Medium

From the legendary Whatman mill which has the distinction of being the only handmand paper to be counterfited -- watermark and all. White and glassy smooth with a heavy tub sizing (called "English" sizing in the trade). A work of art in itself and very rare today as the mill closed in 1961.
18" x 23 3/4"
120 gsm
Hot Press

Chinese Fujien Bamboo Paper

A ninteenth century Chinese handmade paper that is folded twice like bolts of silk. Taken from eastern China in 1949 by an antique dealer fleeing the communist takeover. Delicate and fragile with folds that iron out, and it contains occassional small fiber lumps. It takes a light touch of the pen with crisp strokes and suits watercolors as well. A test of the delicacy of your hand. I usually tear it along the folds into three tall pieces.
20.75" x 21.5"
75 gsm
Internal sizing


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