Monday, 20 December 2010

Book Swap #13: MyHandboundBooks

In 1945, a sealed earthenware jar containing thirteen leather-bound papyrus codices was unearthed in Nag Hammadi, Egypt. One of the books was burned and part of another; but, twelve books and some loose pages survived. These books were likely made in the 2nd century AD, and the writings are mostly Gnostic treatises, believed to be a library hidden by monks from a nearby monastery. This set of books has become known as the Nag Hammadi library.

This purple suede journal is made using the same structure as the Nag Hammadi codices. The pages have been artificially aged by individually tea staining each one. This book is handbound using simple tackets along the spine and there are three straps for closure. Opening and closing the book using these closures, would likely have been part of a religious ceremony so all the straps were important. --Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks

You can find MyHandboundBooks' journals and planners in her shop here: www.myhandboundbooks.etsy.com.

3 comments:

buechertiger said...

Nice book, I like the vibrant choice of color!

Lizzie said...

What a great story - it is so lovely to have a book with a story attached to it. I love how you have matched a modern covering (mauve suede leather) with an ancient binding. It's a lovely book.

Handmade books and a Smakeral of Art said...

Your books are ALWAYS gorgeous! You'd think I wouldn't be surprised when I see a new one, but I am impressed each time!