Happy Birthday to our beloved James Murray, the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Here he is in his Scriptorium in Oxford, wearing his John Knox cap and holding a book and a Dictionary quotation slip.
In the late Middle Ages, princes and the powerful learned the health and hygiene rules of rational medicine from the Tacuinum Sanitatis, a treatise on well-being and health widely disseminated in the and centuries.
Excerpt from one of my favourite movies Practical Magic ♡☆♡
6.8 Bookmark using two pricking holes, Vizigothic script, parchment leaf cut at the bottom | codex, 10th or 11th c. | BNF, Léandre (Règle de saint), suivie d'opuscules des pères et de vies de saints - NAL 239, fol. 38v | Public domain.
A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books - Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late century Germany.
Example of proportional rectangles used in the mise-en-page Image from the Glossary for the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts Harley MS f. 8 This image identified by the The British Library, is free of known copyright restrictions
Example of the hand of 2 different scribes. Insular Gospels (NLR, Lat. F.v.I.8) 8th Century England. Free of known copyright restrictions. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/series/volumes/09/bleskina/illustrations/illustration3.jpg