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Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions From A Master Craftsman Hardcover – June 1, 1986
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This book has found a permanent spot on my studio bookshelf, and has in fact prompted me to renew my own love affair with Japanese books. I have already completed two projects, with nice results, after only 1 week with copy of this book from the library. Ordered my own copy today.
First, there is the wide variety of different binding styles. Some are very distinctive. In the accordion and 'flutter' books, the first and last pages are bound to the covers. The rest of the pages are fan-folded, either one long strip or sheets pasted together. Other bindings, whether Chinese, Korean, or uniquely Japanese in style, tie or glue the pages into a more Western stack. The end of this book shows traditional outer covers for books, partial or complete boxes. The are made uniquely for each volume or set, to give it additional protection.
The tools, materials, and techniques are laid out clearly. The authors show first show the traditional craft, as it has been practiced since the Heian era (ca. 1000 AD). They also show how modern materials can be used instead of or in addition to the older ones. The technique for each binding or box is spelled out in clear pictures and text.
Clear technique is what makes this book. It gives the scholar a good understanding of how a master artisan would prepare or repair each artifact. It also gives the home crafter the ability to adapt classic techniques to modern uses, from keepsake albums to collections of a child's art. The structure of most Japanese books is simple enough for a child to imitate with some kind of success, even though the book's examples approach museum quality. With a little thought, the techniques can be adapted to almost any level of skill.
This is book is very enjoyable, even if you just read it. If you go ahead and try some of the techniques shown, you'll enjoy it even more. You may even get results that you'll enjoy for years to come.
It is a very useful book for people never attempt BB before, because japanese books have less pages and require less steps than traditional western books. No mention the creative ways of the different types of books can be made.
cons...i don't have many things to bind, but at least i know how to do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book with detailed information and substitute ideas to replace Japanese items.Published 11 months ago by Berta
As a long time Bookbinder I have many books in my collection on Bookbinding, this book by Kojiro Ikegami is one of the best books that I have come across. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Probably THE most complete book on Japanese bookbinding in English -- or in Japanese!Published 17 months ago by John R. Becker
If you are a bookbinding lover, that' the book of your dreams.
It all starts with the book itself, beautiful binded under the green protective paper. Read more
Received the book on time, however, was little bit disappointed as the photos are in black and white, don't know why! It's not like the book was published in 60's.Published 22 months ago by Lili
This book has the quality of being both a clear and complete how to guide to making classically styled Japanese books, but is also a glimpse into the mind and heart of a Japanese... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Martha Rome