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Girdle book - Nuremberg 1471  The book was covered in a large piece of leather, which was tied in a knot at the top to be tucked under the girdle/belt as a way of carrying it

German girdle book dating from Girdle books were small portable books with a loose binding allowing them to be tied to one's girdle for convenience and show.

Girdle book: Detail Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden                            Newer Older  Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden

Girdle book: Detail Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden Newer Older Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden

The Wax Tablets of the City of Toruń (The second half of the 13th century - 1530). Wax tablets were used as notebooks. The writer would press a stylus into the soft wax to write on it. Then the wax could later be heated to smooth out the writing to make reuse it.

The Wax Tablets of the City of Toruń (The second half of the century - Wax tablets were used as notebooks. The writer would press a stylus into the soft wax to write on it. Then the wax could later be heated to smooth out the writing to make reuse it.

A breviary (New York Public Library, Spencer Collection MS 39), 1454, Bavaria

In the late Middle Ages a type of portable book evolved that we call a girdle…

Nest of Patience by Kristin Alana Baum (Blue Oak Bindery).  A contemporary Book of Hours based on a medieval girdle book.

Nest of Patience is a new acquisition from Kristin Alana Baum (Blue Oak Bindery) and Cheryl Jacobsen, calligraphy instructor at the Center for the Book. A collaboration based on a medieval girdle.

OwatonnaArtists.com - love the colors/textures on this one

I love the colours and textures of this beautiful book created by Theresa Harsma…

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