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msulconservationlab: A few weeks ago I asked for advice on how to make a box for our chained binding (see post here). The chain extends out from the lower board on the foredge, and the first link is fixed in place. In addition, the book has some beautiful brass clasps that would be happiest in […]

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How to Turn an Old Book Into Custom Wallpaper

How to Turn an Old Book Into Custom Wallpaper For hard-to-decorate nooks or in rentals where painting isn’t feasible, The Shortcut offers a method to turn an old book into makeshift wallpaper in the video above. With the aid of simple supplies, the final product is surprisingly warm and clean. This is such a bad […]

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One of the library staff found this book in the stacks and brought it to me to see if we should maybe put it somewhere safer (like Special Collections). It was published in 1798, and I’m pretty sure that’s the original binding, based on the paste-paper cover and hand-written spine label. The paper is absolutely […]

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Taming a tight binding | The Collation

Taming a tight binding | The Collation You know how some old bindings gently let a book stay open on its own, at a comfortable angle? And how other old bindings seem to willfully resist, taunting you by starting to close just as you get the book weights perfectly arranged? This post introduces a simple […]

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Bookplate Poetry!

Bookplate poetry! #foundinlibraries #libraryrhyme and a binders ticket from E. Watts pic.twitter.com/e8lcFyaTug — eliza gilligan (@atthebench_cons) January 16, 2015

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Nice video showing the making of a leather-covered book with laced-on boards. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 189,  Zakhīrah-ʹi Khvārazmshāhī, by Ismāʻīl ibn Ḥasan Jurjānī. The manuscript was written in Persia in the 14th century, in Persian. It is a medical encyclopedia in 9 books, with discussions of physiology, anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, fevers, specific […]

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Deckle-Fetishism | The New Antiquarian | The Blog of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America

Deckle-Fetishism | The New Antiquarian | The Blog of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America Deckle-fetishism seems to be a peculiarly Anglo-American affliction. I know French and Italian collectors, for example, who would prefer a book to be in a contemporary binding, rather than having it uncut in the original printed wrappers. Each to their […]

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A N G L A N D I C U S: Massive Scribal Hangovers: One Ninth Century Confession

A N G L A N D I C U S: Massive Scribal Hangovers: One Ninth Century Confession One Irish ninth century copy of a Latin grammar, the Institutiones grammaticae by Priscian (c. 500), contains alongside the usual prayers and complaints a curious marginal gloss in ogham script. Ogham script was used by the Irish possibly as […]

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3 examples of original paste paper from the 18th century.