This course will focus on a small 9th century Abbasid Qur’an from Cambridge University Library in an early historic binding. There are relatively few early Islamic bindings extant, fewer still that remain intact and attached to their textblock. This manuscript provides the evidence and opportunity to explore the structure and materials of a codex which is probably from the third century A.H. / ninth century C.E. Participants will make a model of the structure, paying particular attention to the significant properties of the spine lining, board attachment and endbands, before undertaking the raised cord work decoration. This technique is found in contemporary binding examples across both North Africa and northern Europe.The influence of Coptic binding traditions and the transmission of binding techniques during this period will be discussed. Tutor: Kristine Rose.
Montefiascone is a small medieval walled city about 100 k (80 miles) north of Rome, on Lake Bolsena. Since 1988 conservators and others interested in books and their history have come together to work, to learn and to enjoy this special place.