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  1. Joanna

    This is beautiful! Seeing the medieval cover and other works of inlay were too… I love how you salvaged a keyboard and recycled for this as well! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Such thoughtful, beautiful handwork!

  3. Very nice. But as a bookbinder I do find it rather a pity that it wasn’t properly bound and am pleased that the next one will be.

    1. Yes, it is pretty typical for contemporary liturgical gospel covers to be more like rigid slip-covers that install over a modern bound book. It seems practical in this day and age since we must realistically work with an existing printed gospel book rather than hand-print and bind our own book. Nevertheless, it will be good to move towards more traditional binding, and from what I’ve learned it seems to be possible to unbind a modern book and sew the pages into wood covers. I suspect that, as with so many traditional techniques, the ancient way of doing it will ultimately prove less expensive than the ‘practical’ modern way, once the kinks are worked out.

      1. While restitching the book in a traditional way would be ideal (assuming it comes apart well, which depends on the original binding), there is also a less demanding “middle way” that would involve keeping the stitching of the original book block and case binding it in a new cover. However, given the amount of work involved in the cover, doing something really traditional would presumably be worth the time and expense involved.

  4. Out of curiosity, who is the publisher of the gospel pictured and which translation are they employing?

    1. It is published by the Antiochian Archdiocese and it is based upon the RSV, but with some changes. This edition is widely used by various jurisdictions.

  5. Justin

    Quite beautiful. For whatever reason when I first saw the cover my mind thought of something southern Italian/Sicilian. Perhaps out of the shops supported by the Norman rulers of southern Italy or maybe Frederick II. It’s that mix of Catholic, Orthodox, and Islamic influences that occurred in very few other places around the Mediterranean

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