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  • The great value of the bindings of some mediæval books subjected them to a peculiar danger--that of excrustation, the stripping off of the binding, the loss of which was extremely likely to cause the destruction of the MS. itself.

    --Thomas Webb Williams, 1897, Somerset Mediæval Libraries

    January 20, 2008

  • Even a very rich monastery needed careful management that there might be savings to meet any sudden and heavy demand; otherwise the "excrustation" of shrines might be necessitated, and who knew when the jewels would be replaced?

    --Mary Bateson, 1903, Mediæval England

    January 20, 2008