Text: Relic

A book is still a rectangular artifact, usually taller than it is wide, made up of pages attached along one edge with a flexible fold so that they can be turned. The text is written in lines on each page, one after another, so that the reader can follow the narrative from line to line from page to page. The whole is enclosed within a hard or stiff cover, which protects the book when it is closed and gives it a certain stability when it is opened up to be read. A thousand-year-old codex works on exactly the same principle. Few artifacts which we use every day have changed so little during the centuries. If some medieval librarian could be miraculously transported to a modern library, he would immediately recognised the objects all around him as books, familiar in shape and form. (De Hamel 13)