The art of book-binding, its rise and progress; including a descriptive account of the New York book-bindery

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A short book that provides a basic overview of book binding history.

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Page vii - God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are the true levellers. They give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence of the best and greatest of our race.
Page vii - Shakespeare to open to me the worlds of imagination and the workings of the human heart, and Franklin to enrich me with his practical wisdom, I shall not pine for want of intellectual companionship, and I may become a cultivated man, though excluded from what is called the best society in the place where I live.
Page 25 - The general appearance of one's library is by no means a matter of mere foppery, or indifference; it is a sort of cardinal point to which the tasteful collector does well to attend. You have a right to consider books, as to their outsides, with the eye of a painter; because this does not militate against the proper use of the contents.
Page 57 - It is a book that should be in the hands of every one desirous of obtaining a perfect knowledge of the great Apostasy.
Page 33 - ... through the central fold of the sheet ; each thread after passing from the inside to the out, being made to loop or twist round one of the strings before entering the sheet again. As soon as one sheet is fastened to all the strings, another is laid down on it, and fastened in a similar manner. A curious kind of stitch called a "kettle-stitch...
Page 18 - ... to posterity. Josephus speaks of two columns — the one of stone, the other of brick — on which the children of Seth wrote their inventions and astronomical discoveries. Porphyry makes mention of some pillars, preserved in Crete, on which the ceremonies practised by the Corybantes in their sacrifices, were recorded. Hesiod's works were originally written upon tables of lead, and deposited in the Temple of the Muses, in Bosotia.
Page 64 - No farmer, who thirsts for knowledge himself, or who aspires to have his son rise ' to the true post of honour' — the dignified station of an intellectual and accomplished agriculturist — can justifiably deny himself such a work.
Page 24 - ... other ornamental operations being merely subservient to it. The early binders were rigid on this point, as is seen by their statutes and rules, edition 1750; and so particular were they that their books should be well forwarded, that the thirtieth article enacts, — " Be it held that the masterbinders do sew all their books with thread and real bands, do back them with parchment and not paper, and in case of infringement the said books shall be done again at the expense of the infringer, who...
Page vii - In the best books, great men talk to us, with us, and give us their most precious thoughts. Books are the voices of the distant and the dead. Books are the true leve lers.
Page 16 - ... them contributed in no small degree to enrich numerically the estate of English literature — Wynkin de Worde, the able associate and successor of Caxton, having printed four hundred and eight distinct works, while Pynson, Day, and others, issued more than half that number, each. Between the years 1474 and 1600, it has been estimated about 350 printers flourished in England and Scotland, and that the products of their several presses amounted in the aggregate to 10,000 distinct productions....

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