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Re: Wax on wooden tablets

On Thu, 26 Aug 1999, Marie Celeste Edwards wrote:
> I'm reading about 'the origin of the book' right now.
> Whenever I come across a reference to wooden tablets filled with wax for =
> writing on, I always want to know what this 'wax' consisted of.
> Pure wax really can't be written on because it flakes. I assume whatever =
> they used would have to have had a paste-like consistency to be able to =
> 'smooth' the surface to reuse the tablets.


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