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The economic revolution in book design that went unnoticed. The case of the Southern Netherlands, 1473–c. 1550

  • Joran Proot

This contribution discusses the evolution of paper thickness of books produced in the Southern Netherlands in the period 1473 until the middle of the sixteenth century. Changing paper thickness is one of the key elements which in all likelihood helped coping with the problem of the rapidly increasing demand for paper by the press. After a description of relevant aspects of the production of hand laid paper and of the resulting morphology of sheets, a methodology is proposed to deal with the problem of establishing paper thickness in bound volumes and further problems dealing with the compression effect and of binding and rebinding are discussed.

  • Keywords:
  • Hand laid paper,
  • paper thickness,
  • hand press books,
  • early modern period,
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Joran Proot

Cultura Fonds, Dilbeek, Belgium - ORCID: 0000-0003-2513-725X

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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

The economic revolution in book design that went unnoticed. The case of the Southern Netherlands, 1473–c. 1550

Authors

Joran Proot

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0092-9.17

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2023

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CC BY 4.0

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Book Title

L’economia della conoscenza: innovazione, produttività e crescita economica nei secoli XIII-XVIII / The knowledge economy: innovation, productivity and economic growth, 13th to 18th century

Editors

Giampiero Nigro

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Number of Pages

456

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2023

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© 2023 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/979-12-215-0092-9

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979-12-215-0091-2

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Datini Studies in Economic History

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2975-1241

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2975-1195

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