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Prickings along the left margin are apparent--these were used to guide the scribe's hand and were typically a mark of high quality.

Coptic Book Binding

Prickings along the left margin are apparent--these were used to guide the scribe's hand and were typically a mark of high quality.

De consolatione philosophiae Girdle bookm 15th C. Beinecke MS 84, Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn. Fully digitized

De consolatione philosophiae Girdle bookm C. Beinecke MS Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn.

Parts of a manuscript binding. From Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (London: The J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, 1994), 7.

Judging a Book by its Cover: Manuscript Bindings Without Bling

Illustrated glossary of the parts of a manuscript binding. From Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (London: The J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, No mention of copyright.

Evidence of mending tears in the sheets of vellum. The detail of the stitching is as carefully measured as the braids of the coptic binding on the spine.

Coptic Book Binding

Evidence of mending tears in the sheets of vellum. The detail of the stitching is as carefully measured as the braids of the coptic binding on the spine.

A note from a bookseller (I presume) indicating the qualities of the item. According to this, it was produced in the 1800s. Also on this page, the nature of the animal skin is apparent.

Coptic Book Binding

A note from a bookseller (I presume) indicating the qualities of the item. According to this, it was produced in the 1800s. Also on this page, the nature of the animal skin is apparent.

Girdle book: Detail Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden                            Newer Older  Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden

Girdle book: Detail Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden Newer Older Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden

(Offsets of the Hebrew script left by a former pastedown on the inside of the upper cover, Egerton MS 3775.) PASTEDOWN = "a leaf pasted onto the inside of a board (see BOARDS) to conceal the CHANNELING and PEGGING and other mechanics of the BINDING. Pastedowns are often formed of fragments of earlier manuscripts that were considered dispensable." - This image identified by the The British Library, is free of known copyright restrictions

This week's word is 'pastedown'. A leaf is pasted onto the inside of a board to conceal the channeling and pegging and other mechanics of the binding. Pastedowns are often formed of fragments of earlier manuscripts that were considered dispensable.

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