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Re: inks



On Fri, 19 Nov 1999, Barbara Buchanan wrote:
> Yes, there are many old manuscripts written with iron-gall ink that are in good
> condition.
>
> There are also many old manuscripts written with iron gall ink that resemble
> lace.

Fine. How many is that? from which centuries? On what type of support?
What percentage? C'mon, guys, this list is chockablock with conservators,
librarians and restorers. Surely this list in the aggregate must have
handled tens of thousands of books. How many books that resemble lace
have *you* seen where the book was produced between 400 and 1500, on
vellum, and where the lace is specifically due to gallo-tannic
corrosion (copper green doesn't count).

Youth wants to know. So do I.

Paul Werner, PhD, MA, MPhil, DSFS (not to mention someone who
has experience making and using the stuff).

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