This extremely short though extremely well-informed and pioneering article offers a precise description of the technique of cardboard (and papier-mâché) book binding (muqawwà) as it developed in Central Asian khanates from the 1730s to the 1930s. The sample consists of a data basis elaborated by the author out of six catalogues of Central Asian manuscripts collections, and of the author’s own observations of one third of V. A. Ivanov’s “Bukhara Collection” of 1915.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.4.B-240