The Medieval Girdle Book Project

By Margit Smith and Jim Bloxam.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Documenting in bookbinding terms, text and illustrations the surviving 24 medieval girdle books in museums, libraries and private collections in Europe and the United States.

Keywords: Girdle books, Medieval bookbinding

International Journal of the Book, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.038MB).

Prof. Margit Smith

Margit J Smith holds the position as Head of Cataloging and Preservation Programs at Copley Library of the University of San Diego. In addition to her work at the Copley Library, Prof. Smith is a hand bookbinder and has over the past several years begun to research early and medieval book formats. She lives and works in San Diego, and maintains a bookbinding studio at her home.

Mr. Jim Bloxam

Mr. Bloxam is an Accredited Conservator/Restorer of the Institute of Paper Conservation and has an Honours Degree in Art History (First Class). He holds the position as Senior Book Conservator, Conservation Department at Cambridge University Library (CUL). Outside of the CUL he has worked on manuscript material for other Cambridge libraries, including King’s College, and Corpus Christi College, and has taught various courses on the construction of early books.


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