With nearly all books made from parchment, I wonder if anything combustible was around after papyrus was phased out and paper not in use yet.

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    There is the alleged destruction of the Library of Alexandria on the orders of the Caliph in the 7th century. – sempaiscuba Jan 16 '18 at 20:38
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    It is worth noting that parchment does burn, as evidenced with what happened to the Cotton manuscript collection in 1731. There is a List of destroyed libraries on Wikipedia which includes some destroyed by fire (both deliberate and accidental). – sempaiscuba Jan 16 '18 at 22:23
  • If parchment does burn, then ofcourse the question is pointless. But isn't it leather, as is used in e.g fireproof clothing? – HannesH Jan 16 '18 at 23:13
  • It's the same basic material, but Parchment has been subjected to different treatments and is much thinner than the leather used to protect against fire - and even that will burn eventually! There's more information on the fire that damaged the Cotton collection, and the efforts made by conservators to save them, on the British Library Manuscripts Blog – sempaiscuba Jan 16 '18 at 23:24
  • @sempaiscuba- I tested this, and indeed parchment does burn. It flames out fast thouog. Because of the cost of the stuff, i dit not test densely packed stacks of it. – HannesH Jan 30 '18 at 3:30

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