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As history nerds experts will know, 2417 years ago today Athens surrendered, ending the Peloponnesian War. I was looking at one copy we have of Thucydides’ history on the war, printed in the mid 16th century, and noticed a bit of damage to the cover. On closer inspection I saw that, like many early modern bookbinders, the creator of this book had recycled old manuscript waste in the binding process. The manuscript he used is in a form of Gothic that puts it somewhere between the 13th and 15th centuries.

The history of books in a history book!

As history nerds experts will know, 2417 years ago today Athens surrendered, ending the Peloponnesian War. I was looking at one copy we have of Thucydides’ history on the war, printed in the mid 16th century, and noticed a bit of damage to the cover. On closer inspection I saw that, like many early modern bookbinders, the creator of this book had recycled old manuscript waste in the binding process. The manuscript he used is in a form of Gothic that puts it somewhere between the 13th and 15th centuries.

The history of books in a history book!

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