Things I've picked up along the way...

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is not medieval. Well, part of it is - but the early sixteenth century text has been supplemented with (very early) seventeenth century material, and this spectacular embroidered binding in red velvet.
These days it is the publisher who decides how a book is to be compiled, and it is exceedingly rare for books to be joined together or altered many years later. This is partly due to the lifespan of modern books. Contemporary paper has a far shorter lifespan than vellum, indeed modern printed books are almost considered a disposable commodity. However I’d say it also reflects the value of medieval and early modern books. They were luxury items to be treasured.
I’m curious to see how our attitude towards ‘hardcopy texts’ changes as digital gradually becomes universal. Will paper and print become luxury items once more?
You can read more about the fascinating life story of this manuscript over on the British Library website.
Image source: British Library MS Royal 12 C VIII. Image declared as being in the public domain on the British Library website.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is not medieval. Well, part of it is - but the early sixteenth century text has been supplemented with (very early) seventeenth century material, and this spectacular embroidered binding in red velvet.

These days it is the publisher who decides how a book is to be compiled, and it is exceedingly rare for books to be joined together or altered many years later. This is partly due to the lifespan of modern books. Contemporary paper has a far shorter lifespan than vellum, indeed modern printed books are almost considered a disposable commodity. However I’d say it also reflects the value of medieval and early modern books. They were luxury items to be treasured.

I’m curious to see how our attitude towards ‘hardcopy texts’ changes as digital gradually becomes universal. Will paper and print become luxury items once more?

You can read more about the fascinating life story of this manuscript over on the British Library website.

Image source: British Library MS Royal 12 C VIII. Image declared as being in the public domain on the British Library website.

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