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source of vellum for Gutenberg



I'm trying to track down which animal(s), if known, and approximately how
many, were used to create the vellum/parchment used for the thirty copies of
Gutenberg's 42-line bible which weren't printed on paper.  Dard Hunter says
c. 300 sheep per copy.  Is this as good an estimate and identification as
any?  Any votes for goats or calves?

thanks

Michael Durgin / Hand Papermaking


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