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Bibliography: Manuscript Production: Material Culture (Paper, Bindings, etc.)

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Blum, André. On the Origins of Paper. Trans. Harry Miller Lydenberg. New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1934. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (paper) *]

Briquet, Charles-Moise. Les filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier des leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600; A Facsimile of the 1907 Edition with Supplementary Material Contributed by a Number of Scholars. Ed. Allan Stevenson. 4 vols. Amsterdam: Paper Publication Society, 1968. [The standard work on watermarks, in a new edition (at head of title page: The New Briquet, Jubilee Edition). See also Piccard, whose work supplements, and sometimes supersedes, Briquet.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; material production (paper); watermarks *]

Churchill, W[illiam] A[lgernon]. Watermarks in Paper in Holland, England, France, etc. in the XVII and XVIII Centuries, and Their Interconnection. Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger and Co., 1935. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; material production (paper); watermarks *]

Diehl, Edith. Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique. 2 vols. New York and Toronto: Rinehart and Co., 1946. [There have been several reprints, including the following: Rpt. New York: Dover Publications; London: Constable, 1980 (two volumes in one).] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; incunabula; material production (bookbinding) *]

Foot, Mirjam J. A History of Bookbinding as a Mirror of Society. Panizzi Lectures. London: British Library, 1999. [Publisher's description: "In this highly illustrated book--the text of the 1997 Panizzi Lectures--Dr. Mirjam Foot explores the use and purpose of bookbindings and, by implication, the purpose of the study of the book as a physical object."] [* Subject heading: history of publishing, material production (book binding) *]

Foot, Mirjam M. "Scholar-collectors and their Bindings." In Antiquaries, Book Collectors and the Circles of Learning. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Pp. 27-43. [* Subject heading: libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; early printed books: ownership and collecting; material production (bookbinding) *]

Foot, Mirjam M. Studies in the History of Bookbinding. Aldershot, Hants.: Scolar Press, 1993. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; incunabula; material production (bookbinding) *]

Goldschmidt, Ernst Philip. Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, Exemplified and Illustrated from the Author's Collection. 2nd ed. 2 vols. 1928; rpt.: Nieuwkoop: B. Degraaf, 1967. [Volume I contains an essay on historical styles of bookbinding and proposed methods of dating. Volume II contains facsimiles of the author's extensive collection of rubbings of sculpted and carved binding boards [abstract by John Morris].] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (bookbinding) *]

Hills, Richard. Papermaking in Britain 1488-1988: A Short History. London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1988. [* Subject heading: early printed books; history of printing; material production (paper) *]

Hindman, Sandra, and Ariane Bergeron-Foote. Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book. TextManuscripts 1. Paris and New York: Les Enluminures, 2010. [Publisher's description: "This catalogue includes an introduction, essays, a glossary, and a complete bibliography on manuscripts with original bindings."] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material culture (book binding) *]

Hobson, Anthony. Humanists and Bookbinders: The Origins and Diffusion of the Humanistic Bookbinding, 1459-1559. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (bookbinding); early printed books; incunabula *]

Hobson, George, D. English Binding before 1500. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1929. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; incunabula; material production (bookbinding) *]

Marks, P[hilippa] J. M. The British Library Guide to Bookbinding: History and Techniques. The British Library Guides. London: British Library, 1998. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; material production (bookbinding) *]

Miller, Julia. Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings. With DVD-ROM. Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2010. [Contents: Introduction: the purpose of this handbook -- The early history of the codex -- The medieval manuscript book and beyond -- 1450 to 1800: the book changes radically -- The book from 1800 to 1900 -- Identifying binding materials and applications -- Describing historical bindings -- A template for action -- The task ahead and conclusion -- Appendixes 1. Historical bindings -- Structure and style hierarchy -- 2. Sample survey suggestions and description case studies -- 3. Stacks maintenance and physical condition assessment guidelines.] [* Subject Heading: Manuscript production: material culture (bindings); history of bookbinding; cataloging of rare books *]

Miller, Julia, ed. Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding. 2 vols. with 2 DVD-ROMs. Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2013. [Contents: Historical repair, recycling, and recovering phenomena in the Islamic bindings of the University of Michigan Library: exploring the codilogical evidence / Evyn Kropf -- Protection against the evil eye?: votive offerings on Armenian manuscript bindings / Sylvie R. Merian -- Colonial blankbooks in the Winterthur Library / Consuela G. Metzger -- A primer on signed bindings / Robert J. Milevski -- Not just another beautiful book: a typography of American scaleboard bindings / Julia Miller -- Beating, rolling, and pressing: the compression of signatures in bookbinding prior to sewing / Jeffrey S. Peachey -- European influence in the binding of Mexican printed books of the sixteenth century / Martha E. Romero -- Papier-mâché bindings: "shining in black and gorgeous with pearl and gold" / Jennifer W. Rosner -- The 1715 Mohawk prayer book: a study of six copies in colonial American scaleboard bindings / John Townsend -- Author biographies.] [* Subject Heading: Manuscript production: material culture (bindings); history of bookbinding *]

Mosser, Daniel W[ayne]. "Dating the Manuscripts of the 'Hammond Scribe': What the Paper Evidence Tells Us." Journal of the Early Book Society 10 (2007): 31-70. [* Subject heading: manuscript production: material culture; datable manuscripts; paper and watermarks *]

Needham, Paul. Twelve Centuries of Fine Bookbindings, 400-1600. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library; London: Oxford University Press, 1979. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; early printed books; material production (bookbinding) *]

Pollard, H. G. "Some Anglo-Saxon Bookbindings." The Book Collector 24 (1975): 130-159. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (bookbinding); Anglo-Saxon period *]

Ryder, M. L. "Parchment: Its History, Manufacture, and Composition." Journal of the Society of Archivists 2 (1964): 391-399. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (paper, parchment, vellum) *]

Stevenson, A. "Paper as Bibliographical Evidence." The Library 5th ser. 17 (1962): 197-212. [Cautionary tales re: paper and watermarks as evidence of date of manuscript.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (paper); watermarks *]

Stevenson, Allan. Observations on Paper as Evidence. University of Kansas Publications, Library Series 11; Annual Public Lecture on Books and Bibliography 7. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Libraries, 1961. [On paper and watermarks.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (paper); watermarks *]

Szirmai, J. A. The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding. Aldershot, Hants., and Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1999. [Publisher's description: "In the past, studies of the history of bookbinding were mainly concerned with the exterior decoration. This book focuses attention primarily on the physical aspects of the binding and its construction principles. It is an expanded version of a series of lectures delivered by the author while Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 1987, supplemented with the results of ten years of intensive research in major libraries on the Continent, the United Kingdom and the USA. It surveys the evolution of binding structures from the introduction of the codex two thousand years ago to the close of the Middle Ages. Part I reviews the scanty physical evidence from the Mediterranean heritage, the early Coptic, Islamic and Ethiopian binding structures and their interrelation with those of the Byzantine realm. Part II is devoted to a detailed analysis of Western binding techniques, distinguishing the carolingian, romanesque and gothic wooden-board bindings as the main typological entities; their structure and function is compared with those of contemporary limp bindings. The book is illustrated with over 200 drawings and photographs and contains a comprehensive bibliography."] [Contents: Part One: The Mediterranean Heritage: The first single-quire Coptic codices; The first multi-quire Coptic codices; Late Coptic codices; The Ethiopian codex; The Islamic codex; Byzantine codices; Part Two: The Medieval Codex in the Western World: Carolingian bindings; Romanesque bindings; Gothic bindings; Limp bindings.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material culture (book binding); manuscript conservation *]

Thompson, D. "Medieval Parchment-Making." The Library 4th ser. 16 (1935): 113-117. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (paper, parchment, vellum) *]

Wilcox, Jonathan, ed. Scraped, Stroked, and Bound: Materially-Engaged Readings of Medieval Manuscripts. Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 23. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. [Publisher's description: "This collection of essays makes an original contribution to medieval manuscript studies through deep engagement with the material side of book creation. The volume brings together major scholars of medieval manuscripts with leading contemporary book artists. The result is a ground-breaking collection which will be of interest both for its methodological implications and for the insights that the case studies provide. In a sequence of interconnected essays, experts in the field of literature, history, art, and manuscript studies enact readings of medieval manuscripts that incorporate extreme attention to the materiality of the object of their study. While the digital revolution has provided unparalleled visual access to medieval manuscripts, these essays are attentive to what has got left behind-not just the aura of the original, but also the engagement of the other senses, such as the feel of the binding, the heft of the volume, the smell of the parchment, or the sound of the pages. By bringing together experienced medievalist scholars with practicing book artists of today, this volume brings back an artisanal sense of the complete book to an understanding of medieval manuscripts."] [Contents: Introduction / Jonathan Wilcox; Anglo-Saxon Scribal Habitus and Frankish Aesthetics in an Early Uncial Manuscript - Matthew T. Hussey; On the Nature of Matched Scribal Hands - Patrick W. Conner; A Modern Scribe Views Scribes of the Past - Cheryl Jacobsen; Parchment Production: A Brief Account - Jesse Meyer; Unruly Reading: The Consuming Role of Touch in the Experience of a Medieval Manuscript - Jennifer Borland; Parchment, Paper, and Artisanal Research Techniques - Timothy Barrett; Material Quality of Medieval Bookbindings - Gary Frost; The East-West, Then-Now Binding Nexus - Elsi Vassdal Ellis; The Cistercian Manuscript, Trent 1711, Version One and Its Exemplar - Constance H. Berman; Dismembering and Reconstructing MS Durham, Cathedral Library, A.IV.19 - Karen Louise Jolly; "Lymned to his awne vse": The Illuminated Realm of John Lacy, Book Artisan and Anchorite, in MS Oxford, St. John's College Library, 94 - Martha Rust.] [* Subject heading: Manuscript production: material culture (paper, bindings, etc.); bookbinding; paleography; aesthetics; parchment *]

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