Special Collectons: Decorated Papers

Our Special Collections include examples of decorated, marbled and printed papers from the 18th century to the 21st centuries. Decorated papers are usually found on the inside of a book’s binding (known as its endpapers), and were a popular way of adding colour and interest to volumes.

Techniques for the marbling of paper vary greatly, and they continued to be developed throughout the centuries. Some marbled papers are simple in their design and virtuosity, whilst others are highly sophisticated and very difficult to achieve.