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Re: Medieval bookbinding-Szirmai



Hi Dorothy,

I have a particular interest in everything about bookbinding in the Middle
Ages, but probably in Italian bookbinding, especially if there is anything
pertaining to Jewish Italian bookbinding.

I am one of those oddball scholars about bookbinding but don't write much
about what I know.  I do teach bookbinding to adults and to kids who elect
the class, Book and Paper Arts!  And whenever, I go toa place that shows
books of the MA, I can usually have conversations about what I see with
people who are looking, too.  I am absolutely fascinated with books--the
contents, the printing and pics,  and their binding and have been since a
young girl.

I am planning to attempt to make a wax tablet.  Currently, I am rereading
the article in Odyssey about the wax tablets and looking at the incredible
round hinge pictured.  I will be grateful for a small crumb of deliciousness
from this book.  (whine, poor me!)

Tell em to publish for the masses!  That's one reason the press was
invented!  jansapp@GTE.NET
-----Original Message-----
From: Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Friday, September 10, 1999 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: Medieval bookbinding-Szirmai


>  I share your concern, Jan, that the price of the Szirmai book makes it
>prohibitive.  As for future editions in paperback, I would hope that
>Ashgate is in business for a profit, and therefore anxious to sell its
>books.  Clearly it was anticipated that only libraries would be
>interested in this one, with a few odd ball scholars here and there
>perhaps.  They have badly mistaken its audience.  These days, most
>libraries show more interest in computers than books, and scholars
>are not richer than bookbinders.
>   If they get enough requests for a paper back edition, I bet there
>will be one.  The more people contacting Ashgate with that request, the
>better.  In the meantime, as I said, it remains for those of us have
>access to it to relay info to those who don't.  As I said, I haven't
>read it yet, but I plan to this weekend.  If you have a particular
>interest, let me know and I will see if there are a couple pages in
>this I can photocopy to send you.
> Dorothy
>
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