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Re: [BKARTS] Inquiry about standard sizes for parchment sheets



You might start with Sandra Hindman and James Farquar, "Pen to Press.
Illustrated Manuscripts and Printed Books in the First Century of
Printing," which has a section on imposition and standardization of
page size in the late Middle Ages. It was published in 1977, so you
may want to contact Brian Donaghey at the University of Sheffield to
get the latest on that topic.

Paul T Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language
THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and
Technique"
DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the
techniques of the medieval scribe

----- Original Message -----
From: Jesse Meyer <mc.tanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 9:11 am
Subject: Inquiry about standard sizes for parchment sheets

> Greetings everyone.
> I had an inquiry from a possible customer concerning the size of
> parchment sheets. In the interest of authenticity, was there anything
> like a standard size for parchment pages? These are being used for
> sheet music, but not as choir book pages, which are VERY large so
they
> can be read from a distance. These are for personal use, in Italy
> @ the
> middle 15th century. Would they possibly be the same size as ordinary
> paper of the day? And if so, what was a standard paper size for the
> time period? Any help and ideas you guys might have would be most
> appreciated.
> Thanks and happy holidays,
> Jesse
>
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