Christine Cox

Archive for March, 2015

3rd Century: Secrets on the Move

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.

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3rd Century: Oldest Complete Codices

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.

2nd Century: Structural Overview

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.

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