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ABC of Bookbinding: An Illustrated Glossary of Terms for Collectors and Conservators Hardcover – February 1, 1998

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Jane Greenfield's ABC of Bookbinding is a work long overdue. As a major illustrated glossary in the field of bookbinding, it provides a unique outline of the physical book and a concise look at the book's development over the centuries. More than a thousand binding-related words and seven hundred drawings are included in the glossary for every conceivable part of the book. This is the first time such succinct definitions and so many illustrations are coupled with clear outlines of the various periods in the historical development of book structure and style. Nowhere else is there such a unique combination of information available for student or collector who seeks to answer precise questions on bookbinding terminology. ABC of Bookbinding belongs on the reference shelf of every bibliophile, librarian, book conservator, collector, and binder interested in the book arts. (81/4 X 111/4, 204 pages, illustrations)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press and the Plough Press; 7th edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884718418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884718410
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are several sections in this book including a glossary, an evolution of bookbinding styles, descriptions of historical bookbinding (time and place) and information about actual bookbinders through history.
Jane Greenfield provides a comprehensive glossary for anyone interested in bookbinding. Her small illustrations capture and describe the terminology beautifully.
Not designed as a primary resource, the sections about specific historical periods are overviews. Other books will provide more in-depth information.
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This book is a wealth of information not only for collector and conservators but also for bookbinders and book artists. The glossary of bookbinding terms is a concise and informative valuable reference. As a bookbinding instructor, I appreciate being able to refer to the book for quick and accurate information. I also appreciate the glossary of bookbinding's structural evolution. It helps give anyone interested in the structure of the book the "big picture." Modern bookbinders are well-served when they have an understanding of the historic predecessors to their work. For collectors the glossary of binders, designers and styles of decoration and the index of binder's identification each offers a broad, well-researched go-to resource. The pen drawn illustrations throughout the book are very helpful.

As a respected teacher, bookbinder, and noted professional, Jane Greenfield is a trusted source for valuable information to whom any person who is deeply interested in books can turn to.
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Information wonderful with fantastic illustrations.
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