The Book Arts Web: Most comprehensive site for book arts resources.
Book_Arts-L: Listserv for all the book arts. Link at the Book Arts Web in the sidebar on the left side of the page. Includes online archive going back to 1994.
Medieval Manuscripts at Syracuse: Links to images of Syracuse University Libraries' medieval manuscripts. To view the manuscripts in person please visit the Special Collections Research Center on the 6th floor of Bird Library.
The Digital Scriptorium: A growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing.
NEW! Making the 15th c. Style Book: This page is about the many materials and methods I offer for making a personalized book. The book is made in the style of French/Flemish book arts of the end of the 15th century. The subject matter is biblical, and you can see some of the major illuminations on my Illuminated Manuscripts Art Page. The book is 5x7 inches, Gothic bound in hardwood boards over dark blue goatskin. The pages are all genuine goat parchment, written in medieval inks and illustrated with genuine gold & silver leaf, and pigments made from plants, animals, minerals and chemistry. The binding was hand sewn, carved and tooled, and features hand-made metal bosses and clasp.
Traveling Scriptorium: Online version of a teaching kit created by conservators and curators of the Yale University Library. Contains visual representations of pigments and inks, binding structures, and more.
Making of a Medieval Book: From Getty Museum.
Structure of a Medieval Manuscript: From the Getty Museum.
Medieval Manuscript Reproduction: In 5+ parts. Click link for first part and continue.University of Iowa Libraries Bookbinding Models
A young novice monk arrives at the monastery.
He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand.
He notices, however, that they are copying copies, and not the original books.
So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies. The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."
So, he goes down into the cellar archives with one of the copies to check it against the original. Hours later, nobody has seen him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks what's wrong.
"The word is */celebrate/* not */celibate/*," says the old monk with tears in his eyes.
How a modern fine press book edition is made: The Complex of All of These