For scribes, artists and scholars, this is the first practical guide to the preparation of vellum or parchment. Section I presents original research about the preparation of skins for writing and painting in the Middle Ages. Section II deals with scraping and pouncing, chalk, ink, varnish, tinted paper and vellum, and conservation. Copious scholarly notes and a bibliography are included. Paper, laser-printed, sewn binding, 56 pp.