I have truly enjoyed the discussion and info on books. While we focus on book arts during our Medieval unit, I am now thinking of several other possibilities and I thank you all for that. This is just a thought for those of you interested in book arts and papermaking: contact your local calligrapy guild.
I don't know if every state has one, but Indiana does and so I'm sure it's not unique. If you can contact a top calligrapher in your area, they probably attend workshops all the time and can be an invaluable resource. One of my best friends is an outstanding calligrapher and she has spent weekends studying book arts, papermaking and a score of related topics. She has a wonderful store of historical and technical knowledge (Did you know that there was a patron demon of calligraphers called Titibolus [sp?] He had a certain quota of errors to achieve each day, so he sat on the shoulders of the monks and nuns while they worked and tried to cause mistakes. The kids also love discussions of anathemas which appeared in books since early Roman times.) The guilds frequently have libraries of obscure or rare volumes or access to such through their members. Might be worth a call.