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Re: [BKARTS] WOID XIX-26. The First. Book. Ever.

Was curious after reading Paul's description and found an image of this wax tablet at:


Roberta Lavadour - Pendleton, OR
Mission Creek Press  -  Desultory Press

The star of this show, however, is the writing board, or rather writing
boards found in the shipwreck.

The hinge system is
particularly elegant, though: the hinge – hell, the binding - is
composed of three ivory dowels, hollow, and rotating around a wooden
dowel at the center. There are holes on either side of the
top-and-bottom ivory dowels, which attach them to the boards on either
side by smaller dowels, so that the book’s wooden leaves can rotate
around the larger top-and-bottom dowels. The larger dowels raise the
book a little when it’s open, so the two leaves can lie fully open on
a flat surface – assuming, of course, there were flat surfaces circa
1360 BCE.

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