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Title: Scholarly Slinky

Scholarly Slinky

Scholarly Slinky

Scholarly Slinky
Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh edition, 1910, vol. XXIV Sai to Shu | disbound and rebound 2018 | $800

Linen thread, some made into sewing supports by the binder; walnut boards.


Since this volume was destined for discard and the call for entries invited participants to “do whatever they want with it,” I felt free to do just that, and viewed the book as a big ream of wonderfully thin but surprisingly strong paper. The packed sewing on double cords supplemented with endbands with frequent tie-downs combined with the content of the book in its original state transform the book into a kind of scholarly medieval slinky.