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Voynich MS codex binding
I'm curious to know if anyone has ever done a thorough archaeology of the
binding of the Voynich manuscript. I have seen quite a bit of descriptive
bibliography regarding foliation, quire markings, and so forth, but I'm more
interested in knowing about the sewing structure, sewing supports (if any),
type of thread used, markings left in the vellum to indicate sewing
stations, and other subtle clues.
So far the only reference I have found is from Albert Carter's examination
of the manuscript, which doesn't really tell us anything.
"The binding is early, i. e., pre-18th century,
and carefully done. The cover, also vellum, has
come loose, and it is possible to examine the
binding closely. It was a competent and
workman-like job." [Carter, 1946]
The only thing I can gather from this is that the binding was limp vellum, a
style often used between the 14th and 17th centuries to bind blank books.
["Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive
Terminology", Roberts and Etherington, 2001]
An excellent reference to the study of early bindings is J.A. Szirmai's "The
Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding" (which, despite the title, does cover
the full history of bookbinding from early papyrus codex binding through
early renaissance binding). I'm very curious what such a study might