Christine Cox

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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.
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5th Century: Lamp Black Ink

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

Some time around year 400 – Chinese develop lamp black ink. Soot was collected from oil lamps and mixed with gum as carbon by itself doesn’t stick to paper. Asian papers weren’t sized as the ink was too thick to be absorbed. (sizing makes paper less absorbent). The ink was stored in block form.

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.

4th Century: Bamboo Slips to Paper in China

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
(Timeline Project)

By the 4th c – Paper has replaced bamboo and wooden slips as writing support in China

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.

4th Century: Making Paper in Korea

Books, Miniatures, Paper and Writing Timeline Project
4th Century: Making Paper in Korea

The secrets of papermaking are moving along the Silk Road from China and into Korea, where the paper is now called Hanji.

From Wikipedia:

Hangul 한지
Hanja 韓紙
Revised Romanization hanji
McCune–Reischauer hanji

Wikipedia has an excellent article on the history of Korean papermaking.

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.

3rd Century: Earliest woodblock-printed fragments

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.

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.

2nd Century: Printing from Stone Rubbing in China

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper
(Timeline project)

Year 175 – Chinese invent printing from stone rubbing (soft paper mashed into text inscribed in stone) – ink was rolled across the back of the sheet

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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