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Books without Paste or Glue [Paperback]

by Keith A. Smith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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January 1, 1999 0963768263 978-0963768261 3 Rev Exp
Instructions and details regarding the making of books without paste or glue.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sigma Foundation; 3 Rev Exp edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963768263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963768261
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish more books were like this one. August 10, 2001
A wonderfully straight -forward how-to book on the technicalities and the various methods of binding books. Concentrates exclusively on stitching, introducing many methods unfamiliar to me that are both beautiful and practical. The instructions and drawings are clear uncluttered and easy to follow. The photo's are basic but intended to inform rather than the seduce the unaware into a purchase. It contained everything I needed to know. I wish more books were like this one.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! May 2, 2001
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My boss bought a copy of this book for the graphics department (an old edition). I read a few paragraphs and flipped through the pages for a few minutes, then got on Amazon and ordered my own copy. The book would make a fantastic text book for a book making class. It goes into great detail, yet allows for creativity. I'd recommend it highly.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for book artists September 15, 2008
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I enjoy journaling on blank pages and subsequently binding them into journals. Keith Smith's book on non-adhesive binding is an excellent resource for learning non-conventional binding and book structures.

I enjoyed the book so much, I eventually made mock-ups of nearly every project in this book AND went on to worth through several other of Smith's books.

Smith provides many basic/general techniques in the front of the book followed by specific "recipes." He provides both creative suggestions for content and technical information on structure and assembly. Smith also provides sample photographs of each binding.

One minor criticism: many of the projects suggest using very heavyweight paper--almost watercolor paper--instead of textweight or lightweight. I had to tweak the instructions for binding the lightweight paper I use for journaling.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Adhesive Binding Vol. 1 February 20, 2007
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Very thorough guide to aspects of constructing books of simplicity and beauty. Very elaborate bindings are also presented. Books are discussed as a means of presentation to suit the needs of the subject matter. In this age of scrapbooking and bookmaking as a vehicle for show and personal function, this seems a very useful book. Copies of this book held in libraries are often checked out for extended periods and unavailable. The book is well written, smyth sewn, and laid out in a logical fashion. Contains a glossary of terms.
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40 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An in depth look into how to "artistically" bind books August 24, 1999
By A Customer
This book was a little too long winded on the artistic way of book binding. It did have some good projects included, but overall it had many impractical designs that cannot produce a book that can be readily used. If you are looking for an artistic approach to book binding, then this is an excellent example. If though, you are looking for a book by which you can learn to make books that can be used, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory manual December 6, 2009
By Penny
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This is a great all round introduction to book binding for beginners. It gives instructions for making a variety of book types from the simple to more complicated which means it is an instruction manual you can grow into! Smiths other books are much more specific as their titles suggest and harder to dip into for the less experienced. Smith's Sewing Single Sheets is another unintimidating manual and handy for visual artists such as printmakers who work on varying weights of paper.
- Penny (Australia)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Binders February 20, 2011
By Binder
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This is a great manuel for new or continuing binders. There are many elementary bindings that are great for beginners or to expand a binders horizons such as the classic long stich to coptic.

The new and revised edition of this book offers more detailed instructions and diagrams. The diagrams alon with new photo's of completed books give a sence of the project and outcome before you begin.

I recommend this book to any new binder or continuing binder for the detailed instuctions and the varity of the bindings demonstated.
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