This isn't really a book. No, that's not right. It's a hardcover binding, so it's definitely a book. That's a convolute of multiple articles taken from various magazines published on the brink of the 20th century. And it's about bookplates.
While the current British Library's exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War includes not only manuscripts, books are the main topic here at iBookBinding, so we'll focus on them in this post. Especially because it's manuscripts that the curator Claire Breay speaks about in the video you'll find below.
While browsing the stalls at the book market in the Hague, I have recently found a remnant of the ideological war that had crushed many lives, including the life of Boris Pasternak, the author of the literary work in question.
This 17th-century dos-a-dos structure opens in six directions. The video gives an idea of the beauty and refined technique with which this artifact was created. It is a true masterpiece of printing and bookbinding crafts.
I first saw this engraving in a book published to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Netherlands Association of Antiquarian Booksellers. However, its story seems to be not as simple as the text below the picture states.
Digitized Book of The Week: A Short Historical Sketch of the Art of Bookbinding by William L. Andrews
Here is the last digitized book of October. It's much smaller, and I wasn't initially considering it to be scanned at all. First, we already have it in our Book Collection; second, it is available at the Smithsonian Libraries digital archive.
As in many other Eastern European countries, Romania had seen a steep decline in bookbinding craftsmanship in the post-Soviet years. There are some remarkable masters, including some younger bookbinders. However, book restoration and bookmaking are reasonably expensive services, and it is quite understandable that in one of the less developed European countries the demand is quite low. Continue reading →
If want to buy only one book on the practical history of the Medieval bookbinding, that has to be The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding by Janos Alexander Szirmai. And here is the good news: book was just reprinted by the Routledge academic publishing house. What’s even better, this time you can choose from hardcover, paperback or digital edition of the book! Continue reading →
A few months ago I’ve bought some Romanian stamps to use them to illustrate one of the videos I’ve been making at the moment. That brought my attention to the subject of book-themed stamps. Over the past months my collection was growing steadily and I want to share my progress with you today. Continue reading →
Medical Recipe Attributed to Hippocrates Found in Palimpsest from the St Catherine’s Monastery Collection
For quite a long time writing materials were a very expensive thing. It is not surprising that Mediaeval scholars were looking for some ways to cut the costs or recycle the materials. That’s how palimpsests were introduced. Often the old not-so-important texts were scraped or washed off from the leather (or papyrus) pages to allow for the new texts to be written over. This time the unimportant text of the medical recipe book attributed to Hippocrates was replaced by a layer of Bible text known as the “Sinaitic manuscript”. Continue reading →
My wife and I had a weekend getaway in Armenia recently. That was a spontaneous decision, made partially because we don’t need a visa to get to the country (by the way, EU and US nationals do not need a visa to visit Armenia, this applies both for tourism and business trips). However, I couldn’t miss a chance to search for some bookish landmarks. Continue reading →
Every month I add new blogs to my feed. It is really inspiring to see all these fine people writing about bookbinding and book conservation tricks, their projects and thoughts. At the same moment, it becomes harder to filter links for our monthly digest — there is just too much I’d like to share with you! Continue reading →