How to Operate a Book

How to operate a book? Well, there are some instructive pictures about opening a new book. This video, however, tackles the subject of the physical structure of books, from the medieval manuscript codex to the modern paperback.

The video was made in 1986. However, there still are some things that do not change in our book. And even while conservation approaches evolve every year, some basic rules of handling books remain the same.

Many thanks to the Rare Book School for posting the video on their YouTube channel (it’s worth following it by the way.)