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Rare Books & Archival Collections Reference Guide


How Parchment is Made (BBC video, 4 min): Wim Visscher shows Dr Stephen Baxter how to make parchment from animal skins


Handmade Paper

Papermaking at Hayle Mill, England, 1976. (Anglia TV, 15 min).

La Papeterie Saint-Armand Paper Makers (Montreal): The Saint-Armand paper mill was established by David Carruthers in 1979. The mill manufactures handmade and machine-made papers.

Decorated Papers

Decorated Paper Collection (University of Washington) Database of European papers produced between the 17th-19th centuries. Includes pattern examples of marbled and paste papers. 


Bound to Please: A History of Fine Leather Bindings. An online exhibit of different bindings used in bookmaking.

British Armorial Binding database A comprehensive catalogue of coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices.

British Library Collections Guide Bookbindings  A guide on different bindings held by the British Library.

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