Blind Tooled Leather Cover
I made a book based on the 9th and 10th century Coptic manuscript covers found in the Morgan Library & Museum’s Coptic Binding Collection. My version is made with papyrus bookboards, waxed linen thread, modern “parchment” paper, linen cloth, and veg-tanned goat leather. The sewing of the text block and the attachment of the cover is based on information presented in The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding by J.A. Szirmai and “Early Islamic Bookbindings and Their Coptic Relations,” by Theodore C. Petersen and on visual analysis of the online pictures of manuscript covers in the Morgan. There are a few reasons I wanted to try and recreate these books. I wanted to test the validity of the sewing technique that both Petersen and Szirmai speculated for this type of book. I also wanted to work on more complicated blindtooling patterns like the ones found on the manuscripts found in the Morgan Collection. Lastly, I wanted to explore the creation of papyrus bookboards.