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Re: VMs: Reasearching the VMs at Beinecke
At 10:43 27/08/2005 -0600, Dana Scott wrote:
Yes, the 'a, b, c' are in pencil. This was possible done by "HH" whose
initials appears in the back cover of the binding of the VMs. HH may have
worked for Kraus or might have been someone who did binding work on the
VMs when it arrived at the Beinecke Library (ref. note inside back
cover). This individual apparently added the linen thread and leather
thongs to reinforce the binding of the VMs. Note, based on my
observations, I suspect that the outer binding is modern. The texture of
the "skin" appears no where else in the VMs. Inside the covers we can
seen that a pasted page has been removed with the glued down edges still
remaining. The leather thongs and "virgin" leather support strips for the
bindings seems "new". I believe that the cover to the manuscript
initially contained another manuscript. There are two remnants of "old"
leather cord still visible at the top and bottom of the cover panels.
According to the insert at the back of Kraus' Catalogue 100,
The book bindery, located in the basement, is in the charge of
"Morris". He does not produce bindings like those shown on
the previous page, but many volumes in our reference library
were resewn by him [picture below text] and put into sturdy,
durable covers. Moreover, he administers first aid to ailing
volumes, such as securing loose pages [picture beside text].
He is a master of "the stitch in time that saves nine."
Having said that, there was also an "HH" (sort of) employed by Kraus - his
bibliographical consultant, Dr Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt. Suggestively, there's
also a picture of him in there, holding what appears to be a pencil. :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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