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



Actually, parchment may have been available in pre-cut sheets as early
as the mid-thirteenth century. Full ref. in my book, p. 15. Of course
that's Medieval standardization, which isn't much by our standards of
standardization...

Paul T Werner, New York
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----- Original Message -----
From: Dorothy Africa <africa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 2:17 pm
Subject: Re: Inquiry about standard sizes for parchment sheets

> I would be really surprised (and that would hardly be the first
> time) if
> parchment was ever sold in precut "sheets".  The whole notion of
> standardsheet size comes from paper, does it not?  In Italy in the
> 1500's paper was
> probably already crowding out vellum for texts, though I wouldn't
> know how
> the two compared in price.  The range and sizes of paper was
> probably not
> standardized that early anyway, though regions might have become
> accustomedto the sizes locally produced.
>   my guess, anyway.
> Dorothy Africa
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