Week 8

Album amicorum - marbled paper





This album amicorum belonged to the Austrian Baron Stephan Haymb von Reichenstein. He spent the years 1575-76 at Constantinople, where he had the album bound with a covering of silk brocade. One of the samples of Oriental paper interleaved in the album, a marbled sheet in a swirled Turkish pattern. The production of marbled paper is a traditional Turkish craft, which at that time was unknwon in Europe. Not until the 1600s did the technique spread to Europe.
The Manuscript Department, Thott 1279, kvarto.