Trible (tamtrible) wrote in little_details,

Decay of old notebooks

Ok. So. General tech level is late-medieval/early Renaissance(ish). Specific locality is a rather rural valley that's along one of the relatively few navigable routes across a mountain range (so there is some trade...). Climate is cool but not intensely cold (it snows most winters, but usually not very heavily), and it's neither especially wet nor especially dry.
Our Heroine is reading something, about 100 years old, in whatever would be the closest functional equivalent to a cheap notebook--something that someone might write unofficial or low-priority notes/records in.
first question: am I correct in assuming that this would most likely be either a leather folio with loose pages, or a somewhat crudely bound book, made of relatively low grade/second rate parchment?
second question: assuming it has been stored reasonably well (though not hermetically or anything), and not handled excessively, what kind of *condition* would it be in?

Searches tried so far: (parchment OR vellum) (storage OR deterioration OR decay)--I mostly found stuff about either poorly stored parchment (damp conditions and such), or chemical decay from either treatments to make a book pretty, or pollution. Neither apply here.

(as a side note I can probably figure out on my own if I poke my brain hard enough... assuming Our Heroine's 14, and the writer of the 100-year-old notebook was an adult ancestor, how many "greats" would he probably be? Usual marriage age in the culture is 16-20)
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