Quill Books before print mediamediamediamediamediamedia
choosing a writing support
making quires and sheets
preparing the page
copying the text
correcting the text
decorating the book
binding the book
using the book
> Colophon

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Erik Kwakkel (text) and

Giulio Menna (photography)

with participation of Leiden University Library, Special Collections. The latter generously made available its manuscript collection for this project and gave permission to include the images under a CC license (below).

Quill was created as part of the NWO-funded research project Turning Over a New Leaf (Leiden University) through a grant supplied by De Jonge Akademie (Amsterdam).

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