A punching cradle is used to hold the folded sheets of paper that make up a signature while they are punched through the fold with an awl. This greatly simplifies sewing the sheets together. Punching cradle mm) by mm) by mm). Awl mm) long by mm) diameter.
"Kopert" or limp vellum binding: Reinforced spine Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden Limp vellum binding with a reinforced spine of brown leather. Prague The manuscript is doubtless part of the spoils from the storming of Prague in