by Josep Cambras
Students, teachers, fine arts professionals, crafts aficionados, art historians, restorers, and bibliophiles: the list of people who will appreciate the beauty of this extraordinary summary of bookbinding techniques is endless. Written by a professor of bookbinding at the Escola d’Arts i Oficis in Barcelona, it provides a precise, systematic, and fully illustrated approach to the craft.
Everything is covered in marvelous detail: tools and materials, the parts of the book and the binding, and protective features. Handsome ideas for decorating the cover (stamping, gilding, engraving) abound, as do suggestions for restoration.
Eight specific and extremely detailed projects for binding form the heart of the volume, which includes binding in fabric, making a jacket with flaps for graphic works, and constructing a leather-trimmed slipcase.
by Josep Cambras Riu, Josep Cambras
This is a handy guide to a wide variety of bindings (books, boxes etc.) and how to do them, and the decorative techniques (marbling, printing etc.) that can be used to embellish them. The book is filled with illustrated step-by-step sequences showing how to make the various bindings and lots of finished pieces which will inspire the maker. The book is aimed at the beginner but it would also be a useful reference for the more experienced craft person.
It’s lovely to see a book that teaches such a traditional skill – and it’s so clearly laid out, with easy to follow instructions and excellent illustrations, ideal for someone starting from scratch. — Craftsman Magazine March 1 2008
by Josep Cambras
The ancient art and craft of bookbinding fulfills both practical and aesthetic functions. A book’s binding protects its pages and print while also embellishing the volume’s exterior, sometimes transforming an otherwise ordinary book into a true work of art.
This how-to manual presents a detailed introduction to the processes and techniques of bookbinding. After opening with a review of bookbinding’s history, the author describes the most commonly used bookbinder’s tools and materials–many of them specific to the bookbinding craft and available at art supply stores. Next, he explains the procedures involved in producing a book. They include sewing and gluing, as well as paper folding, cutting, decorating, and coloring techniques.
Specific practical instruction follows with 17 profusely illustrated, step-by-step bookbinding projects designed to develop a beginning bookbinder’s abilities. In addition to creating standard cloth or leather book covers and bindings, the projects include a deluxe photo album, a scrapbook, a document case, a stationery box, a pencil case, a picture frame, a slipcase to hold one or more books, and others. Book lovers who follow the author’s clear, illustrated instructions will develop their skills as knowledgeable and proficient bookbinders. Color photo illustrations on every page.
The Craft of Bookbinding
by Manly Banister
Profusely illustrated step-by-step guide enables you to rebind books, paperbacks, periodicals, more.
Book sewing of all types (antique, flexible, lockstitch, whipstitch), plus how to make endpapers, attach headbands, case in, cover with cloth and other materials, add titling and decoration, much else.
Updated list of suppliers.
254 illustrations and photographs.
by Aldren A. Watson
Expert guide to creating fine books by hand.
Thorough, detailed instructions, with over 270 helpful illustrations, cover materials, tools and equipment, making a slipcase, rebinding an old book, and more.
Also includes 8 specific projects: dust jacket; blank book, single signature; folio; manuscript binding; music binding, and 3 others. Introduction.
by J. A. Szirmai
Studies of the history of bookbinding are often mainly concerned with the exterior decoration. This volume focuses attention primarily on the physical aspects of the binding and its construction principles. It is an expanded version of a series of lectures delivered by the author while Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 1987, supplemented with the results of ten years of intensive research in major libraries on the continent, the UK and USA.
The book surveys the evolution of binding structures from the introduction of the codex 2000 years ago to the close of the Middle Ages.
- Part One reviews the scanty physical evidence from the Mediterranean heritage, the early Coptic, Islamic and Ethiopian binding structures and their interrelation with those of the Byzantine realm.
- Part Two features a detailed analysis of Western binding structures, distinguishing the Carolingian, Romanesque and gothic wooden-board bindings as the main typological entities; their structure and function is compared with those of contemporary limp bindings.
by Kenneth Lavender, revised by Artemis Bonadea
Here is everything you need to know about book repair–with updated resources that make a trusted guide even more useful. Libraries of all types have books that need to be repaired or conserved, especially in light of budget restrictions that may prohibit purchasing replacements. Limited funds also mean that this activity is increasingly handled in-house.
Fortunately, there is a comprehensive source to which you can turn with all your questions. Covering both basic book repair techniques and sound preservation practices, this practical, step-by-step manual offers illustrated sections on cleaning, mending, hinge and spine repair, strengthening paperbacks, and more.
Other topics include: wet and water-damaged books; mold and mildew; repair of book linings and pamphlet bindings; using acid-free materials to repair damaged books; lining paper objects; affordable repair tools and supplies, and much more. A full discussion of when and how to make repairs is provided, as is a discussion of alternative conservation practices that will enable each librarian to develop procedures appropriate to his or her library.
Throughout the book, more than 110 detailed diagrams, photographs, and drawings illustrate each repair technique. Previous editions of Kenneth Lavender s Book Repair: A How-To-Do-It Manual have firmly established this as the go-to reference. This revision not only provides a comprehensive compendium of book repair topics and illustrated processes, but also contains updates throughout, a brand-new glossary, and a wealth of leads for Web-based informational resources.
Summary Table of Contents The Basics:
- Tools and Techniques
- Paper Cleaning
- Treatment of Water-Damaged Books and Papers and Removal of Mold and Mildew
- Paper Mending Hinge and Spine Repair
- Protective Enclosures
by Helen Hiebert
This essential reference covers absolutely everything you need to know about papermaking, from the basics to advanced techniques such as shaped sheets, embossing, laminating, and watermarking. Also includes thorough step-by-step instructions for processing pulp, building papermaking equipment, and making paper-based projects like cards and lamp shades.