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Sometimes, especially in north-east Italy doubtless under the influence of Islamic paper manufacture the paper was polished with a smooth stone to give it a luxurious sheen.

It happens that the wire frame leaves lines where the soft paper pulp is thinner, and by at least European paper-makers began twisting little patterns out of wire and attaching them to the grid so that amusing or emblematic pictures were coincidentally transferred into the thickness of the paper, invisible when the paper was stacked or folded in a book but quite clear when held up to the light.

Thus watermarks came into being as a means of distinguishing paper stocks and their makers. Before a late medieval scribe could begin to write out a manuscript, a decision had to be made whether to use paper or parchment. Paper was cheaper and lighter and had the advantage of being supplied in sheets of an exact format. Parchment was thought to be stronger and has a slightly springy writing surface which gives an agreeable flexibility to pen strokes as compared with the unyielding flatness of writing on paper.

The most beautiful and elaborate manuscripts were always on parchment, which was used for Books of Hours and other traditional books intended for a long life. Parchment and paper as finished by the parchmenter or paper-maker are supplied in large rectangular sheets.

A book is not made up of single pages, but of pairs of leaves or bifolia. Several pairs of leaves are assembled one inside another, folded vertically down the middle and they can be stitched through the middle of the central fold to make a book in its simplest form.

Each clutch of folded bifolia is called a gathering or quire. All standard medieval manuscripts are made up of gatherings. A manuscript is a unit formed by assembling in sequence a series of smaller units. Scribes and illuminators worked on a gathering at a time.

If one is examining a medieval manuscript carefully today, the first task will often be to peer into the centre of the folded pages looking for the sewing threads and sketching out a physical plan of where each gathering begins and ends. A gathering is usually of eight leaves, or four bifolia. In early Irish manuscripts and in fifteenth-century Italian books a gathering was often of ten leaves.

Little thirteenth-century Bibles, which used exceedingly thin parchment, were often made of gatherings of twelve, sixteen, or even twenty-four leaves. Sometimes a book was made up mostly of gatherings of eight leaves but ended with a gathering of six or ten leaves because the conclusion of the text fitted more neatly.

Sometimes even within a manuscript there were gatherings of irregular length, and these can be clues as to how the maker put the book together. As we remember, there are the subtle differences between what had been the hair side and what had been the flesh side of a sheet of parchment. Almost without a single exception in over a thousand years of book production in every conceivable circumstance all over Europe, facing pages match.

Hair side faces hair side, flesh side faces flesh side, and in paper manuscripts watermark side faces watermark side. This is quite extraordinarily consistent, and yet no medieval manuals of craftsmanship mention the fact. A break in the sequence of hair to hair, flesh to flesh, is so rare that it is often the first indication that a leaf is missing from the manuscript.

If we take an ordinary-shaped oblong sheet of paper coloured or somehow marked on one side, lay the paper horizontally on the table with the colour side upwards, and now fold it over once with a vertical crease in the middle -- this shape is called folio. Now if we fold it in half again and crease it along the middle horizontally, it is oblong but a bit squatter in shape and this format is called quarto , because four thicknesses are folded.

Now if we fold it in half yet again, the wad is now an eighth of the original size and the shape is called octavo. Imagine this as a gathering in a book, with a central fold and uncut edges. Take a knife or a finger and open it up page by page as if you were reading it. A firewall is blocking access to Prezi content.

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Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Comments 0 Please log in to add your comment. Islam's golden age was a major contribution to science and math, all of which was recorded on paper Paper Facts Paper is years old Toilet paper was recorded to be used as early as the sixth century Paper's first materials included rice straw,linen, and even old rags During the battle at the Talas river two Chinese prisoners are said to be responsible for teaching the Ottoman Turks how to make paper, which would very quickly spread to the middle east In AD the first paper factory was made in Baghdad By the year AD paper was in general use in the Middle East Paper entered Europe through Islamic Spain Woodblock printing was invented by AD Thank you!

The Chinese Invented Paper Ts'ai Lun was a chinese official during the Han Dynasty, who by making a mix of bamboo and water and by flattening it and drying in the sun, he made paper.


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In the earlier Middle Ages scribes probably assembled their gatherings and wrote in them as they worked through the transcription of a book. By the fifteenth century, at the latest, stationers were certainly selling paper and parchment already made up into gatherings.

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