BPG Ethiopian Bindings

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This page covers the structure and conservation of Ethiopian bindings. See also: Book Boards. For information on other binding traditions, see Bookbinding Traditions by Region or Culture.

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BPG Ethiopian Bindings. 2022. Book and Paper Group Wiki. American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Accessed February 7, 2023. https://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/BPG_Ethiopian_Bindings

Terminology[edit | edit source]

Issues related to the chosen system of transliteration

The Ethiopian manuscript culture[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

When it developed and its link with Christianity. Islam culture in Ethiopia.

Number and distribution of manuscripts[edit | edit source]

How many and where they are.

Dating of manuscripts[edit | edit source]

How old they are.

The production of the codex[edit | edit source]

Scribes and bookbinders[edit | edit source]

Who are they, the training etc.

Writing supports[edit | edit source]

Paper[edit | edit source]

Parchment[edit | edit source]

Parchment manufacture[edit | edit source]

The composition of the quire[edit | edit source]

Pricking, ruling, composition of the quire, tackets.

Bookbinding features[edit | edit source]

Boards[edit | edit source]

Boards attachment[edit | edit source]

Sewing[edit | edit source]

Covering[edit | edit source]

Endbands[edit | edit source]

Decoration[edit | edit source]

Furniture[edit | edit source]

Page-markers[edit | edit source]

Chemises[edit | edit source]

Satchels[edit | edit source]

Digital Collections and Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Conservation[edit | edit source]

Ethical concerns, approaches

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Di Bella , Marco and Nikolas Sarris. 2014. “Field conservation in East Tigray, Ethiopia.” Care and Conservation of Manuscripts 14. 271-307.

Hanscom, Bill. 2016. “Towards a Morphology of the Ethiopian Book Satchel.” In Suave Mechanicals, Vol. 3, edited by Julia Miller. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Legacy Press. 300-355.

Paterson, Dan. 2008. "An Investigation and Treatment of an Uncommon Ethiopian Binding and Consideration of its Historical Context." The Book and Paper Group Annual 27: 55-62.

History of This Page[edit | edit source]

This page was created in September 2021 from content previously found on the Bookbinding Traditions by Region or Culture page under the heading "Ethiopian".

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