Bookbinding, and the Care of Books: A Handbook for Amateurs, Bookbinders & Librarians

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D. Appleton and company, 1901 - Bookbinding - 342 pages
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Page 10 - Preface routine of hack labour as from the terrible uncertainty of academic art. It is desirable in every way that men of good education should be brought back into the productive crafts : there are more than enough of us
Page 283 - ... the wyre ; this they dextrously turning, shake out like a pancake on a smooth board between two pieces of flannell, then press it between a greate presse, the flannell sucking out the moisture ; then taking it out they ply and dry it on strings, as they dry linnen in the laundry; then dip it in alum-water, lastly polish and make it up in quires. They put some gum in the water in which they macerate the raggs. The mark we find on the sheets is formed in the wyre.
Page 9 - In the third place, we would have this series put artistic craftsmanship before people as furnishing reasonable occupations for those who would gain a livelihood. Although within the bounds of academic art, the competition, of its kind, is so acute that only a very few per cent can fairly hope to succeed as painters and sculptors; yet, as artistic craftsmen, there is...
Page 8 - Ruskin and Morris, it came to be seen that it was impossible to detach design from craft in this way, and that, in the widest sense, true design is an inseparable element of good quality, involving as it does the selection of good and suitable material, contrivance for special purpose, expert workmanship, proper finish, and so on, far more than mere ornament, and indeed, that ornamentation itself was rather an exuberance of fine workmanship than a matter of merely abstract lines. Workmanship when...
Page 270 - The sub-committee find that this is caused by both mechanical and by chemical influences. Of the latter, some are due to mistakes of the leather manufacturer and the bookbinder, others to the want of ventilation, and to improper heating and lighting of libraries. In some cases inferior leathers are finished (by methods in themselves injurious) so as to imitate the better class leathers, and of course where these are used durability cannot be expected. But in the main the injury for which the manufacturer...
Page 285 - Normal standard of quality for book papers required for publications of permanent value. For such papers they would specify as follows : — " Fibres. Not less than 70 per cent. of fibres of Class A. " Sizing. Not more than 2 per cent. rosin, and finished with the normal acidity of pure alum. "Loading. Not more than 10 per cent. total mineral matter (ash).
Page 181 - ... (see p. 151). The back and headbands are lined with leather, and the book is ready for the cover. A piece of vellum should be cut out large enough to cover the book, and to leave a margin of an inch and a half all round. This is marked with a folder on the under side, as shown at fig. 75, A. Spaces i and 2 are the size of the sides of the book with surrounding squares ; space 3 is the width of the back, and space 4 the width for the overlaps on the fore-edge. The corners are cut, as shown at...
Page 8 - ... and to set up a standard of quality in the crafts which are more especially associated with design. Secondly, in doing this, we hope to treat design itself as an essential part of good workmanship. During the last century most of the arts, save painting and sculpture of an academic kind, were little considered, and there was a tendency to look on " design " as a mere matter of appearance.
Page 285 - In regard, therefore, to papers for books and documents of permanent value, the selection must be taken in this order, and always with due regard to the fulfilment of the conditions of normal treatment above dealt with as •common to all papers. The Committee have been desirous of bringing their investigations to a practical conclusion in specific terms, viz., by the suggestion of standards of quality. It is evident that in the majority of cases there is little fault to find with the practical adjustments...
Page 270 - In nearly all samples of Russia leather a very violent form of red decay was noticed. In many cases the leather was found to be absolutely rotten in all parts exposed to light and air, so that on the very slightest rubbing with a blunt instrument the leather fell into fine dust.

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