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Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction Paperback – July 2, 1996
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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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Top Customer Reviews
The book by Banister has instructions for making some tools not included in this book. In addition, Watson makes the statement that "perfect bound" books, which include most of the trade paperbacks we own, cannot be rebound. Banister, on the other hand, has a ten page section on perfect binding, and how to rebind your favorite paperback.
Aldren Watson has put together a wonderful book, clear, easy to understand, clearly illustrated, and depending on what you are trying to accomplish, it may be the only one you ever need. I gave it four stars only because it did not cover "perfect binding".
Buy both books and you should be able to tackle just about any bookbinding situation that comes up.
Watson assumes that you have already collated the signatures for your text block. This is important because there are some things you'll have to consider when assembling the text block in the first place (such as squaring off the fore edge for a finished look) But overall, this is a useful reference for serious home bookbinders.
I highly recommend it!
I have also bought another book on bookbinding (or so I thought) - Book Arts: Beautiful Bindings for Handmade Books by Mary Kaye Seckler. This one is the exact opposite of the previous - flashy pictures, but absolutely useless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great instructional book, goes over a lot of detail, from making a simple notepad to making a beautiful work of art to write your thoughts in. Excellent find!Published 3 days ago by rebecca schwartz
Excellent product, very happy with this vendor. I would use again. Thank you.Published 18 days ago by vallo Riberto
I have this book -- had it even before Amazon existed -- and it's wonderful. My first book was perfect, and while some of my later projects have needed improvement, that's always... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ellen Kuhfeld
This wasn't quite what I was expecting, based on the reviews I'd read prior to ordering. While the numerous drawings are well-done, and the instructions are clear and concise... Read morePublished 11 months ago by dbs
This is an excellent book for those starting out in bookbinding or those who just want to get an overview of the process. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven Evergreen