Papermaking and Bookbinding

Creating paper, vellum, or other writing surfaces, or binding pages into books, pamphlets, etc.

"What's Up" with A&S in Drachenwald?

For issue 8 of What's Up Wednesday, the A&S blog for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, the topic is sewing, featuring some amazing projects created by artisans of the Kingdom.

Oldest copy of "The Brus" restored

The oldest known copy of "The Brus," an epic poem describing the Battle of Bannockburn, has been restored in time for the 700th celebration of the event. The poem was written in 1375 by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen. (photos)

It's six books in one!

Medieval bookbinders may have been the precursors of eReaders when they developed the dos-à-dos (or "back-to-back") book with two or more separate texts and multi-hinged covers. One example is the beautiful devotional dos-à-dos book owned by the National Library of Sweden which includes six works. (photos)

The art of Coptic bookbinding in photos

Bard and artisan, Mistress Dervila ni Leanon, OL, demonstrates the art of Coptic bookbinding in a blog page, illustrated with many photos, that chronicles the process.

Hope for the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu

Last week news outlets reported that militant Islamic rebels fleeing Timbuktu in Mali had torched a new library, destroying many of the city's famed ancient books. Preservationists and the Mali government are now reporting that many of the manuscripts were hidden in a safe house before the attack.

Walters Museum places digital books online

The Walters Museum of Baltimore has placed a large part of its rare book collection online, with options to view the pages online or download high resolution images.

Project Gutenberg offers ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings

Project Gutenberg has posted the free ebook English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril James Humphries Davenport on its website. The book, free for download, features full text, illustrations and color plates.

Mountain Rogues

The Mountain Rogues design and craft Faire Lyric Books (a compilation of song lyrics dating back to the 1400's and encased in fabric covers), board games out of fabric, leather and wood (they mill their own lumber), riddle books (over 100 riddles dating to pre civil war), tables, game tables, and decorative items out of lumber, plus other items out of fabric and wood.

13th century paper recipe online reports that Adam Gacek has published a paper describing a thirteenth century recipe for Arabic papermaking. The recipe states that the paper was made from the bark of fig trees, rather than hemp or flax.

eBook sizes linked to sheep

In a recent article, Wired Magazine's Tim Carmody ponders the reason that eBooks, and other electronic gadgets, are the size that they are. His conclusion: Sheep.

Baltimore Art Museum Receives Grant to Digitize Manuscripts

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize more than 100 medieval manuscripts from a wide range of European and Near East cultures.

Medieval Jewish books focus of Bodleian Library exhibit

From December 8, 2009 to May 3, 2010, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University will host Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, "which tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have together contributed to the development of the book as an object of great cultural importance."

Gutenberg Bible extract used as book binding

A library assistant in Colmar, France has discovered what is believed to be an extract from the Gutenberg Bible being used as part of the binding of another book.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts to offer bookbinding workshops

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota will offer several workshops of interest to scribes and bookbinders including A Modern Variation on the Medieval Book, which will take place on Mondays March 2-23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Incredible private library features historical objects

The technology magazine "Wired" takes a rare look at the private library of Jay Walker, an entrepreneur whose eclectic historical interests have led him to create a library devoted to things that have "changed the way people think." The stunningly designed room contains books and artifacts from ancient to modern times, combining museum and library.

How wearing underwear improved medieval literacy

Is there a connection believe literacy and medieval underwear? Historians believe so, since discarded rags were used to make paper needed to print books. Before the ready availability of discarded cloth, only the rich could afford to own books.

Middle Kingdom Grete Boke Online

The Middle Kingdom Grete Boke, a culmination of the efforts of many scribes and artisans over several years, is now displayed online.

Using Science to Authenticate Lost Gospel of Judas

The National Geographic Society, the Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art and the Waitt Institute for Historical Discovery have been working together "to authenticate, conserve, and translate a 66-page...codex."

Book Arts Workshop: Hand Sewn Headbands

In this workshop, Jennifer Hain Teper, Conservation Librarian for the UIUC Library, will teach participants to hand sew two to three models of headbands: a traditional plain double headband, a silk headband with a single bead on the front edge and a French double headband, if time allows. Workshop attendees will use prepared second-hand books as models, or may bring their own unbound, sewn book on which to sew their headbands. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Book Arts Workshop: Bookbinding East Meets West

Day One: Eastern Traditions: A discussion of various styles including scrolls, Venetian blinds, and Japanese binding. Hands on production of: Punch Binding and Hardbound Accordion

Day Two: Western Traditions: Samples and discussion of western style codex binding. Hands on production of: Hardbound exposed spine binding on tapes Students will bring basic tools like pencils, rulers, scissors, and mat knives. Items such as awls, self-healing cutting mats, and needles will be provided. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Book Arts Workshop: Tackling Simple Book Repair

Jennifer Hain Teper, Conservation Librarian for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, will lead a workshop on the basics of book structure, identifying different types of damage, and conduct a hands-on tutorial for simple repair techniques for books, which can be used in libraries or at home.

Techniques to be covered include inserting loose pages, mending torn pages, cleaning, consolidating frayed corners and tightening loose hinges. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Book Arts Workshops: What is a Book Worth?

What is a book worth? And how do you know? And what do you mean by the "worth of a book"? Books have dollar value and intrinsic, research value. This workshop will discuss both.

Many things add to--or detract from--the values of books. What are the variables? Many tools exist out there to help us determine what the going rate for a book is. What are those tools? How can we use them? The tools themselves are fallible. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

6th century book restored in Ethiopia

In an article for the Spring 2007 issue of Skin Deep, a publication for bookbinders, Mark Winstanley discusses Tsbook [Tigrinya for Good] - The Gospel of Abba, a 6th century Ethiopian Gospel and its repair project.

Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop has been selling used and rare books since 1985 and are members of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association. They specialize in books on Medieval and Renaissance History, British Isles, Costuming and Textiles, Illumination, Art, and Architecture.

Arts on Display at the Tavern at Kingdom's Edge

Garry and Pamela Dick of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc shared their bookbinding skills recently at the Tavern on the Edge of the Kingdom event in Barboursville, West Virginia. The event was covered by Rachel Gensler for the Herald-Dispatch.