"A pair of 17th-century 'writing tables' - erasable pages bound in delicate  silver filigree - that would have served as a portable notebook for the  owner. The binding wraps around alternating blank pages, coated with  gesso & varnish, that are written on with a stylus & erased with a sponge to record witticisms, recipes, birth and death dates, or jottings of any sort. An early silver stylus has survived with the binding, and slips into place along the fore-edge..."

"A pair of 17th-century 'writing tables' - erasable pages bound in delicate silver filigree - that would have served as a portable notebook for the owner. The binding wraps around alternating blank pages, coated with gesso & varnish, that are written on with a stylus & erased with a sponge to record witticisms, recipes, birth and death dates, or jottings of any sort. An early silver stylus has survived with the binding, and slips into place along the fore-edge..."

This is a wax tablet, one of the oldest form of manuscripts, the oldest dates from 14th-century BCE.  Birth certificate in Latin and Greek 128 AD P.Mich.Inv 766 University of Michigan Library. Allowed to use as long as you attribute the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection as the source for the image

This is a wax tablet, one of the oldest form of manuscripts, the oldest dates from 14th-century BCE. Birth certificate in Latin and Greek 128 AD P.Mich.Inv 766 University of Michigan Library. Allowed to use as long as you attribute the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection as the source for the image

Set of wax tablets found in York, dates from the late 14th century, based on style of writing.

Set of wax tablets found in York, dates from the late 14th century, based on style of writing.

A pair writing tablets connected with ivory to form a book. The central areas of the tablet would have been filled with beeswax on which a scribe could write temporary notes or accounts of one sort or another with a stylus. Found at the Uluburun Shipwreck off Turkey, late bronze age, dated to the late 14th century BCE- 3,300 yrs old.

A pair writing tablets connected with ivory to form a book. The central areas of the tablet would have been filled with beeswax on which a scribe could write temporary notes or accounts of one sort or another with a stylus. Found at the Uluburun Shipwreck off Turkey, late bronze age, dated to the late 14th century BCE- 3,300 yrs old.

Top left Medieval styli. Made of bone with metal tips, of the type probably used for scoring the ruling patterns in manuscripts until the twelfth century   Below A stick of lead or plummet, suitable for ruling lines in Gothic manuscripts. His English example, marked with the name of its owner Rogerus, may have been cast in the thirteenth century   Top right A page of a fifteenth-century French Book of Hours ruled up in ink in preparation for writing

Top left Medieval styli. Made of bone with metal tips, of the type probably used for scoring the ruling patterns in manuscripts until the twelfth century Below A stick of lead or plummet, suitable for ruling lines in Gothic manuscripts. His English example, marked with the name of its owner Rogerus, may have been cast in the thirteenth century Top right A page of a fifteenth-century French Book of Hours ruled up in ink in preparation for writing

Scribe's tools to store data.  Clay mounted to planks of wood hinged together so as to close and protect the work. Predates the kilobyte a lil' bit.

Scribe's tools to store data. Clay mounted to planks of wood hinged together so as to close and protect the work. Predates the kilobyte a lil' bit.

Roman writing materials: wax tablet, stylus, and papyrus scroll. Ancient Roman fresco. Location: Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy. Source: Scala / Art Resource, NY

Roman writing materials: wax tablet, stylus, and papyrus scroll. Ancient Roman fresco. Location: Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy. Source: Scala / Art Resource, NY

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