Medieval Garbage found in Leiden University Library

Erik Kwakkel recently discovered a manuscript made entirely from ‘offcuts’ – leftovers from parchment production that were normally thrown out, or boiled down for glue – in the University Library, Leiden. It is the first time that such a book has been identified in Dutch collections.  The tenth-century manuscript (VLO 92) demonstrates how scribes sought to economise, recycle, and get full value out of the expensive means of production of the medieval book.

Erik explains the process and shows the manuscript in this video:

This manuscript has also caught the eye of the media and was discussed further in the Dutch national newspaper Trouw.  You can access a pdf of the article here.

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