Bitten by Witch Fever. Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home

Bitten by Witch Fever. Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home
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Lucinda Hawksley.

London. Thames & Hudson and The National Archives. 2016. First edition. Hardback, paper-bound boards with wallpaper design. 256 pages of two different sizes. 275 colour reproductions of wallpapers. 260 x 200mm (10 x 7"). 1kg. 9780500518380. English. Fine.

The book is beautifully produced making it an attractive wallpaper sample book as well as a design history.

'Bitten by Witch Fever presents facsimile samples of 275 of the most sumptuous wallpaper designs ever created by designers and printers of the age, including Christopher Dresser and Morris & Co. For the first time in their history, every one of the samples shown has been laboratory tested - and found to contain - arsenic.
Interleaved with the wallpaper sections, evocative commentary guides you through the incredible story of the manufacture, uses and effects of arsenic, and presents the heated public debate surrounding the use of deadly pigments in the sublime wallpapers of a newly industrialized world.' (from the blurb).