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Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

As early as 3rd century — Roman script Half-Uncial gaining popularity—easier to write, took up less space, required less skill than Uncial. Smoother writing surfaces of parchment and vellum allowed for smoother, rounder writing using fewer strokes per letter. Early development does not use word separation. Later use incorporated separated words.

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

Left-Handed Monks

Christine Cox:

Wondering about how many manuscripts have been identified as having been written by lefties.

Originally posted on Things Medieval:

Did you know that, despite the sinister (pun fully intended) associations of left hands, some scribes were actually left-handed? Paleographers know this because unlike right-handed scribes, for whom writing involved pulling the pen and ink across the writing surface, writers who held the pen in their left hands would have had to push the ink over the surface. This forced them to completely change their ductus, or the way in which they execute strokes. This according to Malcolm Parkes, in Their Hands Before Our Eyes: A Closer Look at Scribes.

Parkes also explains that handwriting can be used to determine how many words at a time copyists held in memory while turning their attention from the exemplar to their sheet, since words held in memory together tend to be aligned vertically, while stopping the motion and turning the gaze to the exemplar causes a break in the aligment.

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Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

From some time before 220 – Earliest woodblock printed fragments to survive – silk printed with flowers in 3 colors (China)

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

3rd century—The secrets of paper-making are starting to move out of China; first to Vietnam and then to Tibet.

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

In the 3rd century, fragments of codices exist from 2nd c, but earliest extant complete codices date from 3rd c. The codex format became prevalent in many cultures during the 3rd to 8th centuries.

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

Folios: Papyrus, parchment
Covers: Limp leather
Attachments: Leather thong tackets, knotted on inside, or side-stab binding
Stitching: Link
Structure: Flat back
Block: Most books single-quire, fore-edge trimmed
Closures: Leather wraps, fore-edge, head, tail, envelope flaps

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

In the 2nd century, the greatest amount of writing in the world (Latin and Greek) was done in Egypt.

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1. Please consider it a kick-start for your own private timeline and a springboard for further research. See my blog for the rest of the series.

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