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[BKARTS] Coptic Binding History



Hi Kara... a difficult question as it really depends on where and how you
choose to slice history. By Coptic binding do you mean the structure (and
variations) itself or specifically bindings produced by and for the early Coptic
sects of Egypt and the middle east? They aren't the same animal of course.
Here are a few of the things on my shelves:
BOOKBINDING AND THE CONSERVATION OF BOOKS, Roberts and Etherington, Library
of Congress, 1982. Always a good starting point but probably not the depth you
want.
ORIGINS OF THE BOOK, Mohamed Hussein, New York Graphic Society 1972. Not in
depth but provides a nice view of where and how Coptic binding falls in the
broader history.
Early Islamic Bookbindings And Their Coptic Relations, Theodore C. Peterson,
Ars Orientalia, Vol.I.
BINDING STRUCTURES, Berthe Van Regemorter, Maggs Bros. Ltd, 1992
THE HISTORY OF BOOKBINDING, The Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1957
Near Eastern Book Covers and Their Influence on European Bindings, Richard
Ettinghausen, Ars Orientalis, 1959.
DEN ARABISKE BOG, Johs. Pederson, Copenhagen 1946. This is available in
English as THE ARABIC BOOK.
Coptic Bookbindings at the Pierpont Morgan Library, Deborah Evetts,
Bookbinding 2000 Proceedings, RIT, 2002. You might consider contacting Deborah
directly; she was always incredibly generous, with her time and knowledge, to me.
Lastly, google Nag Hamadi, the Upper Egyptian site where a collection of very
early Coptic texts were discovered in 1945. Talk about fun!
Best, James



James Tapley
Hand Bookbinder
2077 Thirteenth Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
USofA
Tel 941 366 8248

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