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Sewing the book

In this video, Elizabethanne and John talk about sewing early modern books.

After a book was printed, it was sent off to be sewn and bound. Sewing books was a very important part of the process to make sure no pages were lost and a book was held together in a firm text block.

The Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library has provided a useful illustrated online booklet on Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts. Bookbinding terms, materials, methods and models (Yale, 2015) which explains some of the terms used in this section of the course.

Dr Elizabethanne Boran, Librarian of the Edward Worth Library, Dublin, and Dr John Gillis, Senior Conservator, Preservation and Conservation Department, Trinity College Dublin.
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The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800

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