Archeology of the Book
The newest books on display at Heterick Memorial Library have a distinctively ancient look. That is by design. The books were created by students in the extradisciplinary seminar (EXDS) course Archeology of the Book.
Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, associate professor of art explains, “The binding showcased in the library is a variation on a 14th century Gothic-style Medieval binding. The students made their own paper from beaten cotton fibers, drilled and shaped their boards (distressing the boards with milk paint and wax adds "age" to the look), and attached the text block to the boards using a 4-needle, chain-linked stitch across the spine. Traditional bindings would have had a piece of leather wrapping around the spine, hiding the sewing beneath. Students also sewed the end bands at the head and tail of their books. In addition to learning two different binding techniques, students are required to write an essay about an historic book, researching how many lives were impacted during the creation of this book and how book binding traditions evolve as these techniques migrate from culture to culture.”