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Re: Medieval bookbinding-Szirmai and question



Hi Dorothy,

As a bookbinder with special interests and a visual artist and metalsmith, I
am totally fascinated by MBooks.  I draw/paint from my own pictures; do not
project my pics onto the canvas and feel very obligated to NOT take someone
else's work.  Many thanks for you help, though.  I will probably have to
spend the money to get the book at some point!  ouch.

I do have a question:  A book I have is dated 1899, very much a Victorian
novelette and has etchings, which didn't reproduce very well, although the
paper is in good condition; however, it does have water marks.  The cover is
intact, has some raised vines/flowers and in the middle of the cover has a
glued on graphic of a young woman with a basket of flowers.  The content is
about a young Jewess living at the time of Jesus, who, of course, becomes a
Christian.  Can anyone tell me more about this type of book.  I would like
to at least sell it for a fair price, both to me and the buyer.
jansapp@GTE.NET  (many thanks for any assistance!)

-----Original Message-----
From: Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: Medieval bookbinding-Szirmai


>  Jan, Jack and List-
>    Not to worry, Jack, about my offer to photocopy from Szirmai's book
>on behalf of others.  I do not intend to get into the business of
>pirating Mr. Szirmai's book, though I doubt he will ever get the profit
>from it we could all wish for him.  Books do cost money to produce and I
>respect the need for copyright legislation.   A few relevant pages sent
>in answer to a specific question or interest, however, falls within the
>terms of fair use, I think.  Given the price of this book, it is also
>reasonable to help people verify the relevance of the purchase in
>advance.  Who will put down that kind of money with no assurance that
>the book will answer the purchaser's questions, or suit the need?
>  As Cor Knopps has pointed out, this book is expensive or very
>expensive, depending on how many middle men and transporters are
>envolved.  Inter-library loan may be adequate for those with a passive
>interest in historical background, but those of us who make historical
>models, have a professional interest or teach in history of the book, or
>perform conservation treatments on early books will need to have it, not
>some copied pages from it.
>  Dorothy
>
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