Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction

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Courier Corporation, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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Before the advent of modern mass-production methods, books were bound by hand to remarkably high standards of quality. Beautiful and durable, they appealed to book lovers who appreciated not only a book's content but also the quality and craftsmanship of its binding. Unfortunately, the introduction of machine-binding methods, while making books widely available at reasonable prices, also largely curtailed the art and craft of making fine books by hand.
This expert guide offers a solution. In its pages, craftspeople can learn the traditional methods of bookbinding and produce high-quality hand-bound books themselves. Thorough, detailed instructions, with over 270 helpful illustrations by the author, cover materials, tools, and equipment (including making your own); fundamental procedures and technical methods; rebinding an old book; making a slipcase, and other essentials. Also included are well-illustrated, step-by-step directions for eight binding projects: dust jacket; blank book, single signature; folio; blank book, four signatures; manuscript binding; music binding; and two more.
Clearly written and easy to follow, this manual will be indispensable to those wishing to create high-quality handcrafted bindings themselves; it will also serve as a valuable reference for students and professionals in publishing and its allied trades.

 

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This is a very nice book for a person starting to learn bookbinding. Read full review

Review: Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction

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This is a very nice book for a person starting to learn bookbinding. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
9
Materials Tools and Equipment
17
Fundamental Procedures
23
Technical Methods
31
Binding Projects
65
DUST JACKET
67
BLANK BOOK SINGLE SIGNATURES
73
FOLIO
78
Tearing apart
105
Knocking out the groove
106
Marking up for sewing
107
Rounding
109
Backing
110
Making a hollow back
111
Split Cover Boards
115
Headbanding
119

BLANK BOOK FOUR SIGNATURES
81
BLANK BOOK SCRAPBOOK
87
MANUSCRIPT BINDING
89
SQUARE BACK CASE
93
MUSIC BINDING
97
Rebinding an Old Book
103
Making a Slipcase
127
Boxing a Set of Books
135
Designing Labels
141
Making Tools and Equipment
147
Index
159
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Aldren A. Watson (1917-2013) was an illustrator and designer as well as woodworker. He had written and illustrated many magazine articles and books, including The Blacksmith and Country Furniture, published by Norton. He lived and painted in Vermont and New Hampshire until his death in 2013.

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