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Re: Medieval Book Structures: Questions
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- Subject: Re: Medieval Book Structures: Questions
- From: "Janet L. Meyer-Borders" <jmeyerb@COMP.UARK.EDU>
- Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 19:08:17 -0500
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Hello, My old professor from the University of California - Santa Cruz
Virginia Jansen - Art History Professor - has a speciality with old
manuscripts and their originations - in the medievil times. You might
want to contact her through CATS - UC Santa Cruz - email and see what
she knows. She teaches classes on medievil manuscripts. I had her
last in 1993, and as far as I know she does alot of work in this area,
although her speciality is Gothic Cathedrals. She does spend a bunch
of time in Europe each summmer. So I would contact her.
Sounds like a very good book - I enjoy stuff on medievil manuscripts.
Hi - this is Janet - I am an artist - do you need any art work?
Give me a call. Logos, Murals, Signs - email@example.com
On Mon, 24 Aug 1998, Whitney Dickinson wrote:
> I have a couple questions I'm hoping you can help me with. I'm writing a
> thesis about the Medieval Book: Pre-Guttenberg; specifically from about
> 1100 (the period of fledgling commercialization) to 1450.
> I've found many references for sewing on alum tawed thongs but not too many
> referring to linen cords. Question: are you aware of any references to
> linen cords during that time period or were books usually sewn onto thongs?
> I'm also looking for instructional references for the process of alum
> tawing -- I'm interested in recreating this myself.
> I'm also looking for actual references to bookbinding tools & equipment
> during early codex production. Do you know when the sewing frame came into
> common usage? How would they have thinned the wood? I remember reading from
> someone (Dorothy Africa?) that leather was not pared the way we do now so
> paring knives are not in the toolbox, right? I'm remembering also that the
> hinges were not nipped the way we do now so would there have been a need
> for the nipping press (as a smaller book press)? Or would there just have
> been the large standing press? Did they use curved gouges for tunneling or
> straight chisels?
> Any sources & information greatly appreciated!
> Whitney Dickinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Online Systems Manager
> SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
> 360.676.3290 x549