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Bookbinding history?


Date: Sat Aug 30 2003 - 20:11:30 PDT

Hi, folks--16 hours later and I'm still asking questions, rather than answering any or thanking those who've answered what I've already asked today!! Can you say "intense" re: getting my act together before classes start this coming week?!

I know many of you have done bookbinding. In your projects and research, have you come across any references to the first known examples of bound books (preferably in leather)?

Earliest references that I'm finding kind of link back to Ireland and the whole Book of Kells thing, but I'm not sure this is really the first culture to make bound books. What I'm trying to do is link a project (simple bookbinding) to a country (for the middle school theme of "A World Tour of Art") and I'm particularly interested in the use of leather.

We'll also be doing papermaking (representing China) but I'm trying to figure out the best country for the kids to associate with actual bookbinding.

Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions!