University of Atlantia

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Limp bindings: the unsung book heroes of the Middle Ages

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Instructor:
Joscelin d'Outremer


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA97 September 16, 2017
Crs #:
306
Date:
Sat Sep 16
Time:
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Fee:
Length:
2 hrs
Credits:
2
Attendees:
7/10
Room:
804
Course Category:
Arts & Sciences
Track:
Book Arts
Description
Limp bindings were the unglamorous workhorses of the Middle Ages. They contained accounts, timber inventories, even listings of who fell asleep during Mass. Versatile and ubiquitous, they also were fragile and relatively unvalued compared with the art books produced for conspicuous consumption. In this lab we make a limp binding based on a palimpsest in the city archives of Talin. Paper, cover materials, and thread are provided, but students should bring their own scissors, a ruler (12” is fine), and a sharp pencil.