Manuscript Waste Fragments: Identifying the Binding from which they were removed
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon
Discarded medieval manuscripts were frequently recycled to make new bookbindings and they can be found re-used as endleaves, spine linings and even whole covers. These manuscript fragments were later often removed from the binding resulting in a loss of the association between the fragment and the binding, an association that gave important information with regard to the history of both. The fragment, though, will retain some evidence of the binding – and the binding of the fragment. My research will investigate whether it is possible, based on analysing this evidence, to re-establish the link between the two.
Professor Michelle Brown, FSA (Professor Emerita, School of Advanced Study, University of London)