About scraps of books being used in the construction of other books: fairly common, actually. Finding bits of (expensive) parchment in the spine on book, as lining, or as essentially 'filler' for certain kinds of covers, was common: parchment costs money, and this scribe screwed up/who needs this book anymore? The practice carried over to the modern era: it's both practical and traditional. A great example can be found if you google "1200-year-old parchment found inside Auckland Library book"
Ok... I know this probably isn't your area of expertise, but the binding recently broke on an antique book I have. When I inspected the spine, I noticed it was made using pages of another book. I was wondering if you have any idea if that was a common practice at some point in time, or if it is just an odd book. There's a post on my tumblr about it with photos.
no idea, sorry!
Posted May 9, 2012 at 6:29am