Definition of term:: China paper

  • "A very thin, soft, absorbent paper, made in China from bamboo fibre, yellowish or greyish or straw-coloured, used for proofs of engravings or wood-cuts, and occasionally also for lithographs. The proofs are usually pasted on to stouter paper. Sometimes called India Proof Paper. There are European imitations." (John Carter)
French: Papier de Chine
German: Chinapapier
Source: John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors. 7th edition. With Corrections, Additions and an Introduction by Nicolas Barker. Oak Knoll Press 1995