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Before the Codex: Bamboo Slips and Accordion Folds

Before the Codex, part 5
By Christine Cox

This is the last in a five-part series focusing on various writing supports, book forms and writing styles before the codex was invented.

Presented in this graphic and the others in the series are some of the writing supports and forms that preceded the codex. They’ve survived the ravages of time, war and tradition to come down to us.
(Click graphic to enlarge)

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Before the Codex: Mayan “Codex” and Palm Leaf Books

Before the Codex, part 4
By Christine Cox

This is the fourth in a five-part series focusing on various writing supports, book forms and writing styles before the codex was invented.

Presented in this graphic and the others in the series are some of the writing supports and forms that preceded the codex. They’ve survived the ravages of time, war and tradition to come down to us.
(Click graphic to enlarge)

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Before the Codex: Scrolls and Wax Tablets

Before the Codex, part 3
By Christine Cox

This is the third in a five-part series focusing on various writing supports, book forms and writing styles before the codex was invented.

Presented in this graphic and the others in the series are some of the writing supports and forms that preceded the codex. They’ve survived the ravages of time, war and tradition to come down to us.

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Before the Codex: Clay Tablets

Before the Codex, part 2
By Christine Cox

This is the second in a five-part series focusing on various writing supports, book forms and writing styles before the codex was invented.

Presented in this graphic and those that will follow are some of the writing supports and forms that preceded the codex. They’ve survived the ravages of time, war and tradition to come down to us.
(Click graphic to enlarge)

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Before the Codex: Stone Carving

Before the Codex, part 1
By Christine Cox

This is the first in a five-part series focusing on various writing supports, book forms and writing styles before the codex was invented. From some time around 3100 BCE, humans have recorded important details about our lives, but it wasn’t until those clever Egyptians decided to fold papyrus in half, nest the folios and sew them together that the codex form was born in about the 1st century CE.

Presented in this graphic and those that will follow are some of the writing supports and forms that preceded the codex. They’ve survived the ravages of time, war and tradition to come down to us.
(Click graphic to enlarge)

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California Native Plants in Cloisonné

California Native Plants in Cloisonné
By Christine Cox

Recently, I finished these 4 kiln-fired cloisonné pieces, which are a little over an inch square each. They are made from sterling silver, fine silver and enamels, which are glass ground with different minerals for color. Each was fired repeatedly in a kiln at almost 1500°. It’s an exacting and exciting process with beautiful results.

The oldest cloisonné enamels — where extremely thin wires are used to make the shapes — are from the Middle East in the 2nd century BCE. From there the technique spread to the Byzantine Empire and to Russia. Spreading along the Silk Road, it found its way to China, Japan and beyond.

My pieces are destined to become bezel-set corners on a leather-covered wooden book which will house the letters of a California miner. He mined in and around our area of the California foothills and sent letters home for 3 years. The cloisonné pieces are in celebration of California’s beautiful native plants.

Check out the Wikipedia entry on Cloisonné to learn more.

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6th Century: Cathac of St. Columba

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

~590 to 600 – Cathac of St. Columba – oldest surviving manuscript in Ireland. 58 folios, damaged and incomplete. Vellum. Black ink.

Read more on Wikipedia 

This post is part of an ongoing series on books, miniatures, writing and supports 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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