Karen Hanmer

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Title: Cotton Mather On Witchcraft 

Cotton Mather On Witchcraft 

Cotton Mather On Witchcraft


Cotton Mather On Witchcraft: The Wonders of the Invisible World | bound by artist in 2014 | $1000

by Cotton Mather, Mount Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper Press (n.d.). First published Boston, 1692.

Simplified binding: calf spine, marbled paper by Pamela Smith over boards, dark blue rolled leather endbands, three edges sprinkled with red acrylic. Decorative additions of alum-tawed leather and birch plywood. Endpaper and doublure of blue handmade paper by Ruscombe Mills, followed by double folios of vintage handmade paper from Wookey Hole Mill.

9.75 x 6.5 x .75”

Binding décor references the scaleboard structure, common in New England when this text was originally published. Alum-tawed thongs would have been laced through slots in each signature adjacent to the spine, then glued to thin, horizontally-grained wood boards, likely covered in blue paper.