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Special Collections and University Archives have a number of materials documenting the history of the book over time, including binding, printing, and paper making.
Papier-maché binding. Parables of the Lord. Call Number: BS2553 P37 1847.
Sewing variation samples.Call Number: Z271 B95 2018.
made from various plant materials: marshmallow, nettles, hops, moss, reeds, conferva (3 kinds), burdock, burdock-colt's foot, and thistles; quack-grass root; hazel wood and spindle wood; and bark of willow, spindle tree, oak, poplar, osier and elm.
Printing Plates, Blocks, and Flongs
Copper cut image of Audrey Alexandra Brown's book All Fools' Day, Audrey Alexandra Brown fonds, SC335, box 2, folder 4
Wood block printing plate for the Sylvester Beef Co., Frank and Cecilia Sylvester family fonds, Accession 2008-028, box 1, folder 11
Flongs, Newspaper Mat Mould Collection, SC457.
Woodblock, "Mother and Child" (used as a Christmas card for the Peace Pledge Union), Eric Gill Collection.
Printing plate from Annual, Victoria College (B.C.) fonds, AR229, 1996-011.
Woodblocks, Herbert Siebner Fonds.
Printing blocks, Fireweed Press fonds, SC381.