is for Books.
Being a writer it is only evident that I am a booklover; however, I have a lot of books about writing. Hannah Kent, an Australian writer’s number one rule for writing is: read. The most popular form of reading is having a book.
A book can be broken down into parts:
- a single sheet within a book is called a leaf and each side of the leaf is called a page
- the white papers at the end are called the end papers
- the side of the book that faces the bookshelf is called the fore edge
- the middle of the book is called the gutter
While books are now widely available today, there was a time where books were valuable items. Books where sacred and precious items. If a book needed to be copied then a person whose job title was scribe and had to do it at night, as artificial light was seen as damaging to the books. There are five types of scribes are:
- Calligraphers, who dealt in fine book production
- Copyists, who dealt with basic production and correspondence
- Correctors, who collated and compared a finished book with the manuscript from which it had been produced
- Illuminators, who painted illustrations
- Rubricators, who painted in the red letters
The process of making a book was pretty labor intensive. The parchment or vellum (calfskin) was prepared; pages were unbound, planned and ruled; text was then written by the scribe and then the book was bound by the bookbinder.
If you are like me, then there is nothing else you like better then on a rainy night to snuggle up a good book, a hot drink and a complementary fury creature (if one is on hand). If this is you than you are a Librocubicularist: a person who loves to read in bed.