The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding

The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding

J.A. Szirmai


some time past, stories of the historical past of bookbinding have been customarily focused on the outside ornament. This booklet focuses recognition totally on the actual facets of the binding and its building rules. it's an accelerated model of a sequence of lectures introduced through the writer whereas vacationing Professor on the college of Amsterdam in 1987, supplemented with the result of ten years of extensive examine in significant libraries at the Continent, the uk and the us. It surveys the evolution of binding constructions from the advent of the codex thousand years in the past to the shut of the center a while. half I studies the scanty actual proof from the Mediterranean historical past, the early Coptic, Islamic and Ethiopian binding buildings and their interrelation with these of the Byzantine realm. half II is dedicated to a close research of Western binding recommendations, distinguishing the carolingian, romanesque and gothic wooden-board bindings because the major typological entities; their constitution and serve as is in comparison with these of latest limp bindings. The booklet is illustrated with over 2 hundred drawings and pictures and features a complete bibliography.

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