Item No: foc0000234
Rare Book Department
An example of a stretched, untrimmed calf skin with edges uncut. It reflects a stage in the medieval process of papermaking. The most common paper type used in medieval mansucripts is calfskin, otherwise known as vellum. It entailed the process of stretching the membrane, scraping if of its hair, usually with pumice, and treating it with lime or chalk in preperation for making writing paper.