It takes an expert eye to decipher old and damaged manuscripts, but even that is not enough sometimes. Recently, multispectral technology has aided researchers of the Dead Sea Scrolls to read ink invisible to the naked eye and pinpoint previously unknown texts.
Archival Work, Book Repair and Restoration
The Great Book-Collectors deals with bibliophilia and bibliomania. It describes the circumstances behind the creation of the British Library, Bodleian Library, and Ashmolean Museum. The authors were prominent book collectors as well.
It was one the first days of the sixth year of archaeological works on the sunken ship Archangel Raphael when one of the marine archaeologists shifted some silt and saw something looking like a book's spine.
Recently we posted about a mixed three-section stab binding that was published in the early days of Soviet Russia. My question was: what would be a reasonable approach to digitization and preservation of the book?
This vintage Russian magazine about printing was published for only two years, but it already gave me a lot of insights into the epoch — this time we share the first volume that was published in November 1901.
Reading old trade magazines is always the right way to get knowledge and inspiration. Like with this 1911 issue of the Dutch Printer's Yearbook, where I found mentions of "starch marbling." This issue of the Russian magazine Art of Print isn't an exception.
Digitized Book: The Binding of Books. An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled Bindings (Herbert P. Horne, 1894)
Herbert Percy Horne was an English poet, architect, typographer and designer, art historian and antiquarian. Among other things, he wrote this book about the history of gold-tooled bindings.
Today we uploaded the final digitized volume of the Dutch Printer's Yearbook series. There were four books in total, starting with the 1906 edition. And the last volume is as interesting as the previous three!
All around the world, invaluable cultural resources are threatened by political conflict, environmental challenges, and instability. In Sri Lanka, grassroots efforts offer two important models of preservation of knowledge, wisdom, and skills.
Washi is often dubbed “the world’s thinnest paper,”. Chinzei’s variety, tengu-joshi washi, is 0.02 millimeters thick and weighs 1.6 grams per square meter. As opposed to standard paper, which is thicker and weighs 70 grams per square meter.
At the end of this July, the river Iya in the Russian region of Irkutsk Oblast has risen by 14 meters (46 feet). Other rivers of the Angara river basin have risen as well, killing 25 and displacing thousands of people.