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Bookbinding IV (A): Historical Binding – Ethiopian and Coptic
April 1, 2016 - April 3, 2016
April 1-3, Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm
Ethiopian/Coptic books are one of the oldest known forms of the codex. These bindings have chain stitch sewing that laces through the board. The sewing is through pairs of sewing stations with a needle on each end of the thread. Bind a historical model with quarter sawn wood boards.
The single quire Coptic binding is sewn through the fold and the cover together, with a tacket (a kind of “staple”). The oldest known surviving books–the Nag Hamadi Coptic codices, dating from the third/fourth centuries AD–were bound in this way. Bind a full-leather model, with papyrus linings, a foredge flap, a wrapping band, ties, and tackets. Vegan alternative available.
Bookbinding IV (A) is part of our Core Curriculum, taught by our Core Instructors. A companion Bookbinding IV (B) historical binding section will be added to the class roster soon.