|Mulberry leaf courtesy of Sarah Williams|
of Brisbane, Australia and sxc.hu.
"Look,” he said, fingering the lushly textured paper, which dates to the year of Copernicus’s birth, “you can see fine lines from the way the threads were sewn down on the mold. And here, if you hold it up in raking light, you can see where someone in the mill picked up the edge of the sheet. I love these little touches of the hand.” He glanced down at a librarian’s notes detailing the efforts that had been made to conserve the book, and read with a mix of surprise and delight, “Mended in the spine with paper from Barrett’s shop.” from "Can a Papermaker Help to Save Civilization?" by Mark Levine, NYT 2.19.2012