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  • "Paper being a precious, albeit familiar, commodity, book binders often reused printed papers that were thrown away by publishers, to laminate or glue them together into a stiff, board-like cover for their books. Thus neglected works routinely disappeared to help the birth of others. The scarcity of materials created countless palimpsests—bibliophagous books swallowing their unlucky predecessors as illustrated by Geoffrey Day’s essay in this collection."

    June 28, 2014