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- Subject: papercase??
- From: Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
- Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 15:23:32 -0400
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Looks like it's time for a new subject of discussion on this list.
Here is one. I am teaching a week long course on the paper case, I
hope, at North Bennet Street School next week. I proposed the course
because the history of the "cheap book" is of interest to me, and I have
found the paper case to be a great solution to a number of binding
problems when dealing with older (16-18th century) books. It is also a
very versatile binding, with a lot of artistic potential. I am doing a
plain one to start, but hope to get to stiff and laced paper cases as
well. I have done quarterbinds in paper case, but I don't know if I
should throw that in as well. Paper cases require very little by way of
heavy equipment (one can get by with none, as a matter of fact). All
this seemed to me to make it a topic that would have a wide appeal, but
only three people signed-up.
So the question is--why? Do folks find it too staid a style for the
modern taste? Don't really know what it is? Think that bindings that
don't sound complicated are b-o-o-o-reing? Am I the only one in the
world that likes them?
(puzzled in Boston)