Christine Cox

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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: The World’s Oldest Complete Paper Book

Books, Miniatures, Writing, Paper and Supports
(Timeline project)

I’ve changed the title of this project to better reflect the content. I changed “bookbinding” to “books,” as so much of what I’m interested in has to do with the whole book; be it construction, content or history. I changed “paper” to “supports” as my interest includes all writing supports, from silk to palm leaves to parchment and paper.

Here is today’s entry for the timeline:

Year 256 – The world’s oldest known complete paper book: Phi Yü Ching written on paper called liu-ho chih, in Liu-ho, Chiangsu, 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: First Batch of “Modern” Paper

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Writing and Paper

Year 105: Han Emperor Ho-Ti’s chief eunuch T’sai Lun invented first batch of “modern” paper. The paper was called T’sai Ko-Shi, meaning: “Distinguished T’sai’s Paper” – It’s a felted material formed on flat, porous molds from macerated vegetable fiber (probably bamboo). He is revered as the patron saint of modern papermaking (China)

This post is part of an ongoing series on bookbinding, miniatures, writing and paper since the year 1.

New Series! Western Bookbinding by Century

Timelines are fascinating; they help you to compare what was going on in one place at the same time as what was going on in another, you can plot how a particular technology developed through time, or you can see how it moved around the world as more countries adopted it. As a lover of ancient and medieval history I use my timelines as learning tools and I refer to them frequently. Bits of them often end up in class handouts and instruction.

Beginning in 2007 I started keeping timelines on 4 topics and I add to them as I come across items of particular interest while I’m reading:

Bookbinding, Miniatures, Paper and Writing
Metal and Smithing
Earth
Gemstones and Glass

In an effort to spread my love of bookbinding, miniatures, paper and writing (calligraphy) I’m going to be posting my timeline entries onto my blog. I hope that you will start your own timeline and incorporate my entries if they are relevant to your timeline subjects.

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