Instead of feeling sick or overwhelmed, I’m feeling pretty good today – I actually accomplished three things today. I did up a menu for the pub, it will be kind nice to have some of my own money back. I wrote a draft of another chapter of my book on book repair [click here] and just got through lecturing a ‘long time’ seller about a little bit o’biblio history. Yep, I’m feeling kinda smug. Oh damn . . . .back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Oh yeah btw :
Before the 19thc paper didn’t have any wood pulp in it, it was made from cloth (the good kind still is.) The rag and bone man would go up and down the street buying and trading for rags and bones. The rags he sold to the papermaker and the bones went to the guy who made glue, who then sold it to the binder. The papermaker sold the paper to the printer, who printed the pages of the books, then tie the pages in sheafs and sent them to the binder. Sometimes they would just assemble the text block and ‘wrap’ it in a paper cover and it would be sold that way and come back to the binder via the customer to be bound in the customer’s favorite method. The further back you go, the relatively more expensive and larger books become. In the 14th and 15th century books very few people could read never mind afford to own books, and the were expected to write in them. You will find really old books will have larger margins and over the centuries may get trimmed when they are rebound, so their physical dimensions may vary from copy to copy. So, treat old books with great respect, they are made from the clothes people wore and the animals they ate.

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