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I recently saw an interesting gizmo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
a xerox machine with a kind of rubber cradle instead of the usual glass
bed. The reproducing equipment never touches the book. I was told the
copies are as good, if not better than, previous ones.

I assume this cradle could be used for a copy stand...

Paul T Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language
THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and Technique"
DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the
techniques of the medieval scribe

----- Original Message -----
From: Olivia Hibel <olivia@INFI.NET>
Date: Monday, August 20, 2001 0:07 am
Subject: Photographing FRAGILE & rare BOOKS

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> Would members who have experience photographing fragile
> antiquarian books
> kindly give me some tips on how to safely do this?  Digital okay?
> Or must it
> be 32mm? These photos are for reproduction in a fine magazine, to
> accompanyan article about a book collection.
> How does one hold such a book open in order to photograph pages?
> Do hands
> holding books open get retouched out of the picture?
>   Any advice would be appreciated.
> Thank you in advance,
> Olivia Hibel
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> Judaica     Illustrated Books    Books About Books
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