The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity

The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity

by Georgios Boudalis


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The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity by Georgios Boudalis

The transition from roll to codex as the standard format of the book is one of the most culturally significant innovations of Late Antiquity. The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity examines surviving evidence in order to better understand how this transition took place. Placing the codex into the general cultural, religious, and technological context of Late Antiquity, the book examines the major types of codices—the wooden tablet codex, the single-quire codex and the multi-quire codex—in all their structural, technical, and decorative features. Georgios Boudalis argues that the codex was not an ingenious invention but rather an innovation that evolved using techniques already widely employed by artisans and craftspeople in the creation of everyday items such as socks, shoes, and baskets, revealing that the codex was a fascinating, yet practical, development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941792124
Publisher: Bard Graduate Center
Publication date: 04/15/2018
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,023,783
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Georgios Boudalis is the senior book and paper conservator at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword ix

Foreword xii

Acknowledgments xvi

Introduction: The Innovation of the Codex in Late Antiquity 1

Part I The Precursors of the Multigathering Codex

1 The Wooden Tablet Codex 21

2 The Single-Gathering Codex 35

Part II The Multigathering Codex

3 The Multigathering Codex: Introduction 45

4 The Sewing of the Gatherings 49

5 The Boards and Their Attachment 69

6 The Spine Lining 79

7 The Endbands 83

8 The Cover and Its Decoration 97

9 The Fastenings 133

10 The Bookmarks and Board Corner Straps 147

Conclusion 153

Checklist of Objects in the Exhibition 159

Bibliography 167

Index 178

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