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This page is an attempt to expand the Book Conservation Wiki to include a broad range of binding traditions. We welcome citations to useful articles or books, links to online resources, original content, images and pdfs, and conservation tips. Many of the sections could develop into stand-alone wiki topics, and if you are interested in helping with this effort, please get in touch.

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Armenian[edit | edit source]

See also: Book Boards, Endbands, and Fastenings and Furniture

Hille, Jenny and Sylvie L. Merian. 2011. “The Armenian Endband: History and Technique.The New Bookbinder 31: 45-59. Accessed online through Academia.edu April 15, 2020.

Khan, Yasmeen, and Tamara Ohanyan. 2013. "Deceptive Covers: Armenian Bindings of 18th-Century Imprints from Constantinople." The Book and Paper Group Annual 32. Accessed January 25, 2021.

Merian, Sylvie. 1993. "The Structure of Armenian Bindings and its Relation to Near Eastern Bookmaking Traditions" Ph.D, diss., Columbia University

Referenced in Julia Miller's book below.

Merian, Sylvie L. 1998. “The Armenian Bookmaking Tradition in the Christian East: A Comparison with the Syriac and Greek Traditions.” In The Bible as Book: The Manuscript Tradition, edited by John L. Sharpe III and Kimberly Van Kampen. London: The British Library, New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, in association with The Scriptorium Center for Christian Antiquities. 205-214.

Merian, Sylvie L. 2013. “Protection against the Evil Eye? Votive Offerings on Armenian Manuscript Bindings.” in Suave Mechanicals. Essays on the history of bookbinding, vol. 1, ed. Julia Miller. Ann Arbor, MI, The Legacy Press. 42-93.

Miller, Julia. 2010. Books Will Speak Plain: a Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings. Ann Arbor, Mich. : Legacy Press.

Discusses Armenian bindings, with illustrations, in the chapter on "The Early History of the Codex"

East Asian Book Formats[edit | edit source]

See East Asian Book Formats

Ethiopian Bindings[edit | edit source]

See Ethiopian Bindings

Greek-Style Bindings[edit | edit source]

See Greek-Style Bindings

Islamic[edit | edit source]

Line drawing of archetypal Islamic manuscript reproduced from Bosch et. al (1981), pg. 38. Note several disclaimers: the “endcap” is a later English term (leather at head and tail of the spine is not turned in), the continuous doublure and additional fore-edge lining represent a hybrid structure, and the envelope flap likely tucked under the upper cover.
See also: Book Boards, Endbands, and Fastenings and Furniture

Annotated Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Abdul Razak, Rajabi, and Idries Trevathan. 2010. "The 19th-Century Malay Qurān A Comparative Study of Materials and Techniques." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 1 (1): 79-94.

Aga-Oglu, Mehmet. 2016. Persian Bookbindings of the Fifteenth Century. [S.l.]: Univ. of Michigan Press.

Descriptions of ornamental designs on 15th century Persian bookbindings with black and white images.

Anselmi, Chiara , Paola Ricciardi, David Buti, Aldo Romani, Patrizia Moretti, Kristine Rose Beers, Brunetto Giovanni Brunetti, Costanza Miliani, and Antonio Sgamellotti. 2015. "MOLAB® meets Persia: Non-invasive study of a sixteenth-century illuminated manuscript." Studies in Conservation 60 Suppl. 1. 185- 192. DOI:10.1179/0039363015Z.000000000223.

Full analytical report on the non-invasive analysis of an illustrated 16th century volume of Persian poetry, carried out in collaboration with the EU-funded MOLAB initiative, at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Anvari, Marjan and Roozbeh Mafi. 2014. “Applying New Techniques on A Traditional Adhesive for Book Conservation.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, San Francisco, California. Accessed March 2017.

Arnold, Thomas Walker, Adolf Grohmann, and J. Allan. 1929. The Islamic Book; A Contribution to Its Art and History from the VII-XVIII century. [Paris]: Pegasus Press.

Baker, Cathleen A., and Evyn Kropf. 2013. "A Conservative Tradition? Arab Papers of the 12th-17th Centuries from the Islamic Manuscripts Collection at the University of Michigan." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 4 (1): 1-48.

Survey of 15th century Damascus papers, analyzing production technique and material qualities, promoting datable and localizable features of Islamic papers. Addressing historical resources and the study of paper and papermaking in the Islamic world.

Barkeshli, M., Rostami, M. and Zekrgoo, S. 2023. "Characteristics of Traditional Persian Lacquered Bindings and Specific Deterioration Issues." Restaurator 44 (4): 295-343. DOI: 10.1515/res-2023-0009.

Barkeshli, Mandana and Sadra Zekrgoo. Persian Manuscript Materials. Accessed 28 March 2024.

Website dedicated to the study of the material technology of Persian manuscripts. Investigates materials and techniques (including paper dyes, sizing, inks, pigments, and paper fiber) used mainly between the Taimurid to Qajar dynasties of Persia (15th-19th centuries).

Baydar, Nil. 2002. "Structural Features and Conservation Problems of Turkish Manuscripts and Suggestions for Solutions." Works of Art on Paper Books, Documents and Photographs : Techniques and Conservation : Contributions to the Baltimore Congress, IIC, 2-6 September 2002. 5-10.

Baydar, Nil. 2005. "Conservation Aspects of Ottoman Period Manuscripts: Binding Decoration and Hand Tools for Making Bindings." Care and Conservation of Manuscripts. 190-207.

Baydar, Nil. 2010. "Newly Identified Techniques In The Production Of Islamic Manuscripts." Studies in Conservation = Études De Conservation 55 (3): 69.

Beaty, Katherine. 2005. 21st C. Remedies to 19th C. Repairs of an 18th C. Koran: Materials Analysis, Treatment, and Housing. Poster presented at the 2005 ANAGPIC Annual Student Conference. Accessed March 21, 2017.

Ben Azzouna, Nourane, and Patricia Roger-Puyo. 2016. "The Question of the Formation of Manuscript Production Workshops in Iran According to Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allah al-Hamadhānī’s Majmūʿa Rashīdiyya in the Bibliothèque nationale de France " Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 7 (2): 152-194.

Benson, Jake. 2012. "Naqsh Bar Āb: Safavid marbled papers of the late 16th to early 17th centuries." Paper presented at the Historians of Islamic Art Association biannual symposium, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18–20 October 2012.

This presentation is available as a video (accessed March 21, 2017).

Beny A., Arias T.E., and Torres J.P.A. 2015. "Andalusi Binding: A Model of Islamic Binding from the Iberian Peninsula, 14th-16th Century." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 6 (2-3): 157-173.

Beny, Ana and Kristine Rose Beers. 2016. "An Inspiration for Conservation: An Historic Andalusi Binding Structure." In Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding, vol. 3, edited by Julia Miller, 160-195. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Legacy Press.

A detailed historical study of the Andalusi binding typology, and its relevance to book conservators today. This study includes a review of recent literature, and a practical, illustrated guide to the use of culturally sympathetic techniques for the conservation of Islamic manuscript material.

Biddle, Michaelle. 2011. "Inks in the Islamic Manuscripts of Northern Nigeria Old Recipes, Modern Analysis and Medicine." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 2 (1): 1-35.

Biddle, Michaelle. 2012. "Recent Preservation and Conservation Activities for Northern Nigerian Manuscripts in Arabic Script." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 3 (2): 211-229.

Bloom, Jonathan. 2001. Paper Before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World. New Haven: Yale University Press.

History of paper and papermaking in the Islamic world, its impact on book production, literacy, scholarship, and art. Book also looks at Islamic world bringing paper to Europe, the development of printing and its impact, and lack of scholarship in the history and study of Islamic paper.

Bosch, Gulnar, John Carswell, and Guy Petherbridge. 1981. Islamic Binding and Bookmaking: a Catalogue of an Exhibition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

A fundamental and frequently cited text. Catalogue in three parts— chapter two on materials and techniques is likely the most valuable for the conservation audience. At the time of its publication this study offered a clear overview of the construction of Islamic manuscripts, however since the body of scholarship surrounding Islamic bookmaking has grown some of the assumptions set forth by Bosch et. al have been altered. Notably the notion that Islamic book structures function only as case-bindings has been discredited.

Brockett, Adrian Alan. 1987. Aspects of the Physical Transmission of the Qur'ān in 19th-century Sudan: Script, Decoration, Binding and Paper. Leiden: Lugt Press.

Brown, Christopher. 1998. “Ottoman Bookbinding.” Post on the BookArts email list, April 17, 1998. Accessed March 2017.

Burgio L., Clark R.J.H., Muralha V.S.F., and Stanley T. 2008. "Pigment Analysis by Raman Microscopy of the Non-Figurative Illumination in 16th- to 18th-Century Islamic Manuscripts." Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 39 (10): 1482-1493.

Campbell, Elissa. 2013. “A Look at the World of Islamic Book­bind­ing with Yas­meen Khan – Day 1.” Blog post, May 18, 2013. Accessed March 2017.

Chaplin, T. D., R. J. Clark, A. McKay, and S. Pugh. 2006. "Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Selected Astronomical and Cartographic Folios from the Early 13th century Islamic `Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes.'" Journal of Raman Spectroscopy : JRS 37 (8): 865-877.

Checkley-Scott, Caroline. 2008. “The Syriac Book.” Contributions to the Symposium on the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne: 49–54.

Chowdry, Anita. The Book of Gold: Making and Using Shell Gold. An Artist's Resource Book. Self-published e-book on Etsy. Accessed March 2017.

Colini C. 2016. "How Conservation Can Unveil the Story of a Manuscript. An Arabic Quran Commentary from the Yemen." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 7 (3): 261-293.

Couvrat Desvergnes, Amélie. 2014. "The Conservation of the Islamic Book Bindings of the Department of Islamic Art, Musée du Louvre". Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 5. Brill, Leiden.

Describes the project on Islamic bookbinding conservation for the reopening of the Islamic department, Musée du Louvre, in 2012.

Couvrat Desvergnes, Amélie. January 2014. "Of Books & Men: Past Cultural Practices and Methods of Islamic Manuscripts Preservation in Iran and India. PART I: Identification of Historical Interleaving Materials Used in the Iranian and Indian Manuscripts". COMSt e-Newsletter 7. Accessed March 14, 2017.

Gives an insight on interleaving materials encountered in Islamic manuscripts and points out the importance of documenting and keeping these materials as pieces of evidences for book history.

Couvrat Desvergnes, Amélie. July 2014. "Of Books & Men: Past Cultural Practices and Methods of Islamic Manuscripts Preservation in Iran and India. PART II: Protecting Indo Islamic Manuscripts, Cultural Human Behaviours for Pest Control". COMSt e-Newsletter 8. Accessed March 14, 2017.

Provides an overview on some of the indigenous methods implemented to prevent insect ingress in manuscripts in India. Emphasis is also given to document and preserve every pieces of evidence which illustrate cultural practices and concerns for book preservation and pest control.

Couvrat Desvergnes, Amélie. 2015. "Skin Against Paper: Identification of Historical Interleaving Materials in Indo-Iranian Manuscripts". Book and Paper Group Annual 34.

Gives an insight on a specific material encountered in some 19th century Iranian manuscripts: the interleaves made of sheep skin splits.

Couvrat Desvergnes, Amélie. January 2015. "De l’importance de l’histoire et des techniques pour la restauration d’un Coran Safavide". Conservation Restauration des Biens Culturels, ARAAFU number 32. Paris.

In French with English abstract. Illustrated. Discusses through the case study of an Iranian Qur'an conservation, the importance of historical and artistic knowledge in the treatment decision making.

Couvrat Desvergnes, Amélie. 2016. "Identification et signification des serpentes rencontrées dans des copies marocaines du DalĀ’il al-ḫayrĀt: premiers résultats" in Chroniques du manuscrit au Yémen, number 22.

Reports the first results on the significance of interleaves found in copies of Dala'il al Khayrat in Morocco and on the scientific identification of the dyestuffs used to tone the papers of these materials.

de Vries, Herre. 2016. "Reading the Book’s History. Understanding the Repairs and Rebindings on Islamic Manuscripts in the Vatican Library and Their Implications for Conservation." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 7 (3): 339-383.

Déroche, François. 2006. Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script. London: Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation.

Provides criteria for classifying Islamic bindings into subdivisions: box bindings (Type I), fore-edge and envelope flap bindings (Type II), and bindings without flaps (Type III). This study is somewhat light on technical details, but is an excellent introduction to the codicology of Islamic manuscripts for conservators.

Di Bella, Marco. 2011. "An Attempt at a Reconstruction of Early Islamic Bookbinding: The Box Binding." Care and Conservation of Manuscripts. 99-115.

D’Ottone, Arianna. 2007. “Some Remarks on Yemeni Medieval Bookbindings.” A. Arioli (ed.) Arabica 2007 , Roma, Universit. degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”-Facolt. di Studi Orientali: 42–55.

Ebeid, Hassan, Jean Brown, Ysanne Holt and Brian Singer. 2013. “A Study of Dyed Endpapers During Islamic Mediaeval Times in Egypt: Purpose, Materials and Techniques.” Lieve Watteeuw and Christa Hofmann (eds.) Paper conservation: Decisions & compromises, ICOM-CC Graphic documents working group interim meeting, Vienna 17–19 April: 61–65.

Eremin, Katherine, and Penley Knipe, and Claire Grech. “Materials and Techniques of Painted Islamic Manuscripts.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

Espejo Arias, Teresa, Ana López Montes, Ana García Bueno, Adrián Durán Benito, and Rosario Blanc García. 2008. “A Study about Colourants in the Arabic Manuscript Collection of the Sacromonte Abbey, Granada, Spain. A New Methodology for Chemical Analysis.Restaurator 29: 76–106.

Espejo, Teresa, and Ana Beny. 2009. "Book I from the Collection of Arabic Manuscripts from the Historical Archives of the Province of Málaga: An Example of al-Andalus Binding." In: Care and Conservation of Manuscripts 11: 121–133.

Gacek, Adam. 1990. "Arabic Bookmaking and Terminology as Portrayed by Bakr al-Ishbili in his "Kitab al-taysir fi sina at al-tasfir." Manuscripts of the Middle East 5: 106-113.

Gacek, Adam. 1992. “Ibn Abī Hamīdah’s Didactic Poem for Bookbinders.” Manuscripts of the Middle East 6: 41–58.

Gacek, Adam. 1997. “Instructions on the art of Bookbinding Attributed to the Rasulid Ruler of Yemen Al-Malik al-Muȥaffar.” Scribes et manuscrits du Moyen-Orient. 57–63.

Gacek, Adam. 2001. The Arabic Manuscript Tradition: A Glossary of Technical Terms and Bibliography. Leiden, Brill.

Romanized Arabic glossary of terms concerning the Arabic manuscript book, organized in alphabetical order according to Arabic root letters. Extensive bibliography organized into various materials, techniques, and other codicological subjects.

Gacek, Adam. 2004. “Scribes, Amanuenses, and Scholars: A Bibliographic Survey of Published Arabic Literature from the Manuscript Age on Various Aspects of Penmanship, Bookmaking, and the Transmission of Knowledge.” In: Manuscripta Orientalia 10: 3–29.

Gacek, Adam. 2009. Arabic Manuscripts: A Vademecum for Readers. Leiden, Brill.

Grech, Claire, and Katherine Eremin, Narayan Khandekar, and Mary McWilliams. “What Lies Beneath: A Study of the Materials and Techniques of Persian Lacquerware.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

Grech, Claire, and Katherine Eremin. 2017. "Materials and Techniques of Persian Lacquerwork." In A Collector's Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer: 39-48.

Guesdon, Marie-Geneviève. 2009. "Bookbinding." Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Brill Online. Accessed March 21, 2017.

Haldane, Duncan. 1983. Islamic Bookbindings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: World of Islam Festival Trust in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Focuses on bookbinding decoration, distinguishing between Arab, Persian, Turkish, and Indian bookbinding. Small chapter on bookbinding tools. Not much text, mostly color images of ornamental bindings from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hepworth, Paul, and Nil Baydar. 2007. “Islamic Manuscript Conservation and Its Vocabulary.”. Paper presented at The Third Islamic Manuscript Conference, 28-31 August 2007, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. Accessed March 21, 2017.

Hepworth, Paul and Karin Scheper. “Glossary for the Conservation and Description of Islamic Manuscripts.” Accessed February 5, 2021.

Hollenberg, David, Christoph Rauch, and Sabine Schmidtke. 2015. The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition. Leiden: Brill.

Husby, Scott. 1990. “Islamic Book Conservation.” The Book and Paper Group Annual 9. Accessed March 14, 2017.

Jacobs, David, and Barbara Rodgers. 1990. "Developments in the Conservation of Oriental (Islamic) Manuscripts at the India Office Library, London." Restaurator. 110-138.

Jones, R.A. 1993. "European and Asian Papers in Malay Manuscripts: a Provisional Assessment." Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia 149 (3): 475-502. doi:10.1163/22134379-90003117.

Jones, Russell. 1999. "Malay Manuscripts: Gatherings and Soiled Pages." Archipel : Études Interdisciplinaires Sur Le Monde Insulindien 57: 97-108.

Ketzer, Roswitha. 1991. "A Conservation Project in Kairouan." 7. Internationaler Graphischer Restauratorentag, 26.-30. August 1991, Uppsala : Preprints. 56-60.

Keus, Katinka. 2010. "Bringing the Maqrīzī in a Better State. The Restoration and Binding of MS Leiden Or. 14.533." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 1 (1): 37-60.

Khalili, Nasser D., Nasser D. Khalili, B. W. Robinson, and Tim Stanley. 1996. Lacquer of the Islamic lands. New York: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press.

Khan, Yasmeen. 2007. “Treatment Techniques for Persian and Arabic Bindings at the Library of Congress (Abstract).” The Book and Paper Group Annual 26. Accessed March 2017.

Khan, Yasmeen. April 2016. "Conservation Treatment of 'Islamic' Manuscripts at the Library of Congress in the 21st Century". Poster presentation at the Sixteenth International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Copenhagen.

This poster focuses on full treatments. It highlights the pros and cons of different approaches based on the media and formats typically associated with bound manuscripts from the Muslim world.

Kropf, Evyn. 2013. “Historical Repair, Recycling, and Recovering Phenomena in the Islamic Bindings of the University of Michigan Library: Exploring the Codicological Evidence.” in Suave Mechanicals. Essays on the History of Bookbinding ,vol. 1, ed. Julia Miller (Ann Arbor, MI, The Legacy Press). 1-41.

Presents source material for the study of repair and restoration in Islamic bookmaking tradition, the different types of mends and repairs observed, and comparative case studies with color images.

Levey, Martin. 1966. Mediaeval Arabic Bookmaking and its Relation to Early Chemistry and Pharmacology. Philadelphia: American Philos. Soc.

Losty, Jeremiah P. 1982. The Art of the Book in India. London: British Library.

Loveday, Helen. 2001. Islamic Paper: A Study of the Ancient Craft. London, The Don Baker Memorial Fund.

Pedersen, Johannes P.E. 1984. The Arabic book. translated by Geoffrey French; edited with an introduction by Robert Hillenbrand. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

Pickwoad, Nicholas. 2004. "The Condition Survey of the Manuscripts in the Monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai." The Paper Conservator 28 (1): 33-61.

Plomp, M. 1993. "Traditional Bookbindings from Indonesia: Materials and Decorations." Bijdragen Tot De Taal-, Land- En Volkenkunde. 571-592.

Raby, Julian, Zeren Tanindi, and Tim Stanley. 1993. Turkish Bookbinding in the 15th Century: The Foundation of an Ottoman Court Style. London: Azimuth, on behalf of L'Association Internationale de Bibliophilie.

Raggetti L. 2016. "Cum grano salis. Some Arabic Ink Recipes in Their Historical and Literary Context." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 7 (3): 294-338.

Redhouse, James W. 1978. A Turkish and English Lexicon: Shewing in English the Significations of the Turkish Terms. İstanbul: Çağrı yayınları. (Reprint of the edition Constantinople, 1890).

Rogers, Mary E. 1868. “Books and Book-Binding in Syria and Palestine.” The Art-journal 7: 113–115.

Rose, Kristine. 2007. "The Conservation of a seventeenth-century Persian Shahnama." Edinburgh Conference papers 2006. Edited by Shulla Jaques. London: Institute of Conservation. 79-86.

An in-depth case-study of the conservation and rebinding of a highly illustrated Persian manuscript at Cambridge University Library. This paper includes details of the treatment methodology used for the repair of copper-corroded frame lines.

Rose, Kristine. 2010. "Conservation of the Turkish Collection at the Chester Beatty Library: A New Study of Turkish Book Construction." Studies in Conservation 55 (2 supplement): 45. DOI: 10.1179/sic.2010.55.Supplement-2.45.

Rose Beers, Kristine. 2017. "Reading with Conservators: the language of book archaeology." In By the Pen and What They Write: Writing in Islamic Art and Culture (Series: The Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art). New Haven: Yale University Press.

Based on a presentation given at the Sixth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture at the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar, this paper explores the materiality of Islamic manuscript material, from the unique perspective of the conservator.

Rose Beers, Kristine. 2018. "Investigating the Palette of the Ruzbihan Qur’an." In Lapis and Gold: Exploring Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an. London: Ad Illisum/ Chester Beatty Library.

Results of the non-invasive analysis of a mid-16th century Qur’an manuscript, carried out in collaboration with the EU-funded MOLAB initiative, at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

Rose, Kristine and Paola Riccardi. 2014. "Fusing Findings: a cross-disciplinary approach to material analysis of manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge." Uluslararasi cilt sanati buluşmasi sempozyumu, tebliğler. Istanbul. 92- 97.

Details of the non-invasive analytical examination of two mid-16th century Persian manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

Russo, Maria Luisa. 2015. "Islamic Bookbindings in the University of Turin. Some Particular Features and Preservation Issues." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 6 (1): 47-65.

Ruzicka, Glen. 1996. "A Yemenite Taj: a Case History in Cooperative Book Conservation." The Book and Paper Group Annual. 119-126.

Scheper, Karin. 2008. " The Conservation of the Middle Eastern manuscript collection in the Leiden University Library: Results of a Conservation Assessment Survey ." Contributions to the Symposium on the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne: 66-73.

Scheper, Karin. 2010. "Considering Book Conservation: Developments in Materials, Techniques, and Approaches." Journal of Paper Conservation 11 (2): 31-36.

Scheper, Karin. 2011. "Islamic Manuscripts in a Western Research Library: The Conservation Approach of Leiden University Library." Care and Conservation of Manuscripts. 151-169.

Scheper, Karin. 2011. Refining the Classification of Islamic Manuscript Structures. New Approaches to Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration. 357-388.

Scheper, Karin. 2013. "Three Very Specific Binding Features, Shedding New Light on Islamic Manuscript Structures." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 4 (1): 82-109.

Scheper, Karin. 2014. The Islamic Bookbinding Tradition a Book Archaeological Study. [Netherlands]: [publisher not identified].

Scheper, Karin. 2014. "Neither Weak Nor Simple: Adjusting Our Perception of Islamic Manuscript Structures." Care and Conservation of Manuscripts 14. 253-269.

Scheper, Karin. 2014. " Preserving the Islamic Manuscript as an Artefact. Some Object Characteristics and Treatment Considerations." Uluslararasi cilt sanati buluşmasi sempozyumu: Tebliğler (International meeting of bookbinding: Bijdragen) 98–104.

Scheper, Karin. 2015. The Technique of Islamic Bookbinding: Methods, Materials and Regional Varieties. Leiden: Brill.

In-depth book, overviewing: Islamic book structures with detailed photographs and some binding and sewing structure illustrations, the study of Islamic book making, and identifying and analyzing datable and localizable book features.

Scheper, Karin and Arnoud Vrolijk. 2011. "Made in China. Physical Aspects of Islamic Manuscripts from Xinjiang in Leiden University Library." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 2 (1): 50-69.

Smith, Martha M. 1990. “Conservation of Islamic Book Pages.” The Book and Paper Group Annual 9. Accessed March 14, 2017.

Szirmai, János A. 2007. The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding. Aldershot [u.a.]: Ashgate.

Chapter on the Islamic codex with some good drawings and descriptions of sewing structures. Outdated in terms of Islamic codicology with Orientalist perspective of Islamic manuscripts as weak structures, and labeling Islamic manuscripts as case-bindings.

Tanındı, Zeren, 1900-1991. “Manuscript Production in the Ottoman Palace Workshop.” Manuscripts of the Middle East 5: 67–98.

Teh Gallop, Annabel. 2004. “An Acehnese Style of Manuscript Illumination.” Archipel 68: 193–240.

Teh Gallop, Annabel. 2005. “The Spirit of Langkasuka? Illuminated Manuscripts from the East Coast of the Malay Peninsula.” Indonesia and the Malay World 33: 113–182.

Waley, Muhammad Isa. 1989. “Problems and Possibilities in Dating Persian Manuscripts.” François Déroche (ed.), Les manuscrits du Moyen-Orient: Essais de codicologie et de paléographie. Actes du colloque d’Istanbul (Istanbul, 26–29 Mai 1986) . Istanbul, IFEA. Paris, Biblioth.que Nationale: 7–15. (Varia turcica, 8).

Zaki, Mahmoud. 2011. "Early Arabic Bookmaking Techniques as Described by al-Rāzī in His Recently Rediscovered Zīnat al-Katabah." Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 2 (2): 223-234.

Videos of Current and Traditional Conservation Techniques[edit | edit source]

Palm-Leaf Manuscripts[edit | edit source]

See also: Book Boards, Support Problems: Traditional Non-Paper Supports: Palm Leaf, and Support Problems: Bibliography: Palm Leaf

Annotated Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Agrawal, O.P. 1984. Conservation of Manuscripts and Paintings of South-east Asia. London: Butterworths

Contains a chapter on palm leaf.

Crowley, Alfred S. 1970. "Repair and Conservation of Palm-leaf Manuscripts." Restaurator 1 (2):105-114.

Lammerts, Christian. 2010. “Notes on Burmese Manuscripts: Text and Images.” The Journal of Burma Studies 14: 229-254.

Lawson, Peter. “Conservation of Palm Leaf Books.” Conservation News 36, 1983, pp. 14–19.

Sah, Anupam. 2002. “Palm Leaf Manuscripts of the World: Material, Technology, and Conservation.” Studies in Conservation 47:sup1. 15-24

Suryawanshi, D.G., M.V. Nair, & P.M. Sinha. 1992. "Improving the Flexibility of Palm Leaf." Restaurator 13 (1):37-46.

Suryawanshi, D.G., P.M. Sinha & O.P. Agrawal. 1994. "Basic Studies on the Properties of Palm Leaf." Restaurator 15 (2): 65-78.

Van Dyke, Yana. 2009. “Sacred Leaves: The Conservation and Exhibition of Early Buddhist Manuscripts on Palm Leaves.” The Book and Paper Annual 28: 83-97.

The article describes the material composition and preparation of a collection of Indian paintings on palm leaf and paper, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The author describes in detail the different types of palm leaves and their physical properties as well as the methods used to process the leaves to make them suitable to paint on. These methods include: smoking, soaking, being boiled in water, hung over a charcoal fire and dried by the sun or kiln.
The pigments were identified, though the method of identification was not mentioned, and due to the brittle nature of the palm leaf these pigments had to be consolidated. The choice of consolidant was made based on the desired working properties, which included strength, ageing, flexibility, viscosity, aesthetic and penetration. Gelatines and methyl cellulose were tested on the manuscript but they were not strong enough, left tidelines and dried glossy. Isinglass was chosen and used as a warm solution at 1%, this adhesive proved to be the best consolidant for both the flaking paint and the actual palm leaf. The leaves were humidified to rehydrate them and reduce the planar distortion, once humidified the leaves were less brittle so they could be more easily repaired using acrylic-dyed Japanese tengujo papers. The article also described the ethical consideration made when treating these objects, the storage solutions adopted to safely house the manuscript, and the exhibition conditions including mounting and display.
The paper is a very detailed and comprehensive conservation case study, which included the historical context of the object, material analysis, ethical considerations and future storage recommendations. Though the paper was aimed at professionals in conservation, the article appeals to a wider audience, providing useful information to researchers, historians and curators; this added importance to the content as it promoted interdisciplinary collaboration and awareness.

Videos of Current and Traditional Conservation Techniques[edit | edit source]

Syriac[edit | edit source]

See also: Book Boards

Checkley-Scott, Caroline. 2008. “The Syriac Book.” Contributions to the Symposium on the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, The University of Melbourne, Austrailia, 26-28 November 2007. Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne, Austrailia. 49-54.

Dergham, Youssef and Francois Vinourd. 2015. “Les Reliures Syriaques: Essai de Caractérisation par Comparaison avec les Reliures Byzantines et Arméniennes.” In Cahiers D’études Syriaques 4 : Manuscripta Syriaca : Des sources de première main, edited by Françoise Briquel Chatonnet and Muriel Debie. Paris, France : Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner. 271-304.

Merian, Sylvie L. 1998. “The Armenian Bookmaking Tradition in the Christian East: A Comparison with the Syriac and Greek Traditions.” In The Bible as Book: The Manuscript Tradition, edited by John L. Sharpe III and Kimberly Van Kampen. London: The British Library, New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, in association with The Scriptorium Center for Christian Antiquities. 205-214.

Quandt, Abigail B. and Renée C. Wolcott. 2018. “The Codicology and Conservation of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest.” Manuscript Studies: a Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies 3 (1): 33-68.

Thai Manuscripts[edit | edit source]

Agrawal, O.P. 1984. Conservation of manuscripts and paintings of south-east Asia. London: Butterworths (in association with IIC).

"Ancient Historical Records in Siam. "Welcome to Chiangmai and Chiangrai Magazine. Last modified on 30 Oct. 2004. Retrieved March 2017.

Aranyanak, C. 1988. Conservation of ancient Thai books. In The conservation of far eastern art: preprints of the contributions to the Kyoto Congress, 19-23 September 1988, ed. J.S. Mills et al. International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 22-24.

Boisselier, J. (translated by J. Seligman). 1976. Thai painting. Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Burgio, L., R.J.H. Clark, and P. Gibbs. 1999. Pigment identification studies in situ of Javanese, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Uighar manuscripts by Raman microscopy. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 30: 181-184.

Eremin, K. et al. 2008. Materials and techniques of Thai painting. In Materials issues in art and archaeology VIII: symposium held November 26-28, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Materials Research Society symposium proceedings, 1047, ed. P.B. Vandiver et al. Warrendale, PA: Materials Research Society. 31-43.

Giaccai, J. 2008. Pigment analysis of two Thai paintings. In Materials issues in art and archaeology VIII: symposium held November 26-28, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Materials Research Society symposium proceedings, 1047, ed. P.B. Vandiver et al. Warrendale, PA: Materials Research Society. 45-53.

Ginsberg, H. 2000. Thai art and culture: historic manuscripts from western collections. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Ginsberg, H. 1989. Thai manuscript painting. London: The British Library.

Huang, J. 2006. A technical examination of 7 Thai manuscripts in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In ANAGPIC 2006 student papers: presented at the 2006 annual student conference hosted by the University of Delaware/Winterthur Art Conservation Department. Delaware: Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

Kaye, M. 2005. Phra Malai blessing the devils: Technical analysis and treatment of an illustrated Thai manuscript (Masters thesis). Buffalo, NY: Buffalo State College Art Conservation Department.

Koretsky, E. Apr. 1996. A new Thailand/Burma papermaking adventure: Nov. 1-22, 1997. Alkaline Paper Advocate, vol. 10, no. 1.

Leksukhum, S. 2000. Temples of gold: seven centuries of Thai Buddhist paintings. New York: George Braziller Publisher.

Lyons, E. 1963. Thai culture, new series no. 20: Thai traditional painting. Bangkok: The Fine Arts Department.

Tschudin, Dr. W. Fr. 1958. Älteste papierbereitungsverfahren im fernen osten (Oldest paper making processes in the far east). Überreicht von der Sandoz AG, Basel/Schweitz.

Van Beek, S. and L.I. Tettoni. 1985. An introduction to the arts of Thailand. Hong Kong: Travel Publishing Asia Ltd.

Tibetan[edit | edit source]

See also: Fastenings and Furniture

Canary, J. 2014. Thingshog (mthing shog): Luxury illuminated manuscripts on blueblack Paper. In Buddha's Words. The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond, edited by M. Elliot, H. Diemberger, and M. Clemente,109-110. Cambridge: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Diemberger, Hildegard, et al., eds. 2016. Tibetan Printing: Comparison, Continuities, and Change. Boston, MA: Brill. Accessed July 10, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/10.1163/j.ctt1w8h246

Helman-Ważny, A. 2014. The archaeology of Tibetan books. Leiden, Boston: Brill.

Helman-Ważny, A., Kriakina, L., and Zorin, A. 2015. The First Tibetan Leaves Acquired by the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences: Conservation Issues, Contents and Paper Analysis . In Written Monuments of the Orient 2,61-76. Moscow: Vostochnaya literatura. Accessed March 26, 2017.

Helman-Ważny, A. 2016. More than meets the eye: Fibre and Paper Analysis of the Chinese Manuscripts from the Silk Roads. STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research 2 (02): 127-140.

Ricciardi, P., Pallipurath, A. 2014. Colours. In Buddha's Words. The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond, edited by M. Elliot, H. Diemberger, and M. Clemente,109-110. Cambridge: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

van Schaik, S. 2002. The Tibetan Dunhuang manuscripts in China. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 65 (01): 129-139.

van Schaik, S., Helman-Ważny, A., and Nöller,R. 2015. Writing, painting and sketching at Dunhuang: assessing the materiality and function of early Tibetan manuscripts and ritual items." Journal of Archaeological Science 53: 110-132.

Zorin, A. 2015. The History of the First Tibetan Texts Acquired by the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences in the 18th Century. Journal of the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies 19: 184-142. Accessed March 26, 2017.

Western African Books and Manuscripts[edit | edit source]

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History of This Page[edit | edit source]

This page was created in March 2017 with the title "Non-Western Bookbinding Structures and Their Conservation". The page was the topic of the BPG Wiki Discussion Session at AIC's 48th Virtual Annual Meeting in 2020. In February 2021, the page was renamed "Bookbinding Traditions by Region or Culture".

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