John Bidwell, Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA is a leading expert on the history of papermaking in America.
The book belies the dryness of its subtitle with tales of business
deals turned violent and limbs mangled in machinery. New York
John Bidwell has produced another remarkable book that will be the bedrock of the study of American paper history for years to come: a labour of love, persistence and rigorous scholarship, it will provide the essential basis for anyone interested in that country s paper making history. . . . John Bidwell s comprehensive account of early paper making in America is unprecedented in size and scope for American paper history studies. The Quarterly, The Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians"
Bidwell s introduction discusses concisely but fluently all aspects of the papermaking business. . . . The book is so admirably organized and carefully compiled that the electronic version offers no significant advantage. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP News)"