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Wax on wooden tablets



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I'm reading about 'the origin of the book' right now.

Whenever I come across a reference to wooden tablets filled with wax for =
writing on, I always want to know what this 'wax' consisted of.

Pure wax really can't be written on because it flakes. I assume whatever =
they used would have to have had a paste-like consistency to be able to =
'smooth' the surface to reuse the tablets.

Any thoughts on a formula for this wax?

Responses appreciated!
Sincerely,
Marie-Celeste Edwards
D. H. Productions
Papermill & Press
www.dhproductions.net
mcedwards@dhproductions.net


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