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Pocket Coptic Bound Journal, Marbled Paper

Pocket Coptic Bound Journal, Marbled Paper

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Like most modern versions of the Coptic binding, my books are bound with strong thread/cord, link/chain stitches, and no adhesive. These are the details of the book in front of you.

Size: 4 1/4 X 2 7/8 inches

Cover material(s): Hand-marbled (suminagashi) paper; kraft endpapers

Paper: 160 blank pages of 28lb Bond (70# Text), cream colored paper

Notes: Deckle

I bound this book with "Precision Deckle" edges. That is, I fold and tear each page, one at a time and with a custom-designed tool, to achieve the both the deckle look and a precision that makes the book as useful and accurately measured as one in which the signatures are cut.

While we contemporary bookbinders use myriad materials and details on our Coptic bindings, the binding itself is nothing new. Coptic bound books are deceptively intricate constructions that have their origin in the 2nd century CE, when the Copts of North Africa literally invented the codex -- what we would recognize as a book. The Copts used this binding method for nearly a millennium, and it is still one of the best ways to bind a book that will open flatly and which also allows for creative expression on the part of the binder. 

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