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How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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“From the letter-press cover on thick cardboard to the simple, step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by illustrations and photos of finished products inside, this how-to will be the favorite of anyone who wants to make a book. Absolute beginners can be successful from the first page with an instant book-all that is needed is a sheet of paper. Besides paper, most projects call for the same three materials: awls, curved needles, and waxed thread. The most complicated one involves Coptic binding, which might take a couple of tries to get right but, even so, is doable. A resource list is included, as well as a bibliography of titles the author recommends. It is easy to see that bookmaking could become addictive. Crafty teens as well as those who create their own zines will want to take a look.”
—School Library Journal, Charlotte Bradshaw, San Mateo County Library, CA
About the Author
ESTHER K. SMITH, author of How to Make Books, collaborates with typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers at Purgatory Pie Press in New York City. Their handmade books have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Their artist books are housed in many rare book collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Smith teaches throughout the United States, Canada, and England, and every term at Cooper Union in New York City.
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The illustrations are simple but detailed enough to be easily followed, making this book a great starting point for anyone new to bookbinding (or more versed bookbinders who want a fresh resource). It has enough interesting bookforms to keep anyone busy for a while, and after covering the basics, takes readers on to more complicated forms.
maybe if someone already sort of knew all this, it would make sense, but then they wouldn't need this.
I bought this a few years ago, and keep sticking it on the shelf, and pulling it back out, even after going to some very beginner book-making classes... I feel like I'd already have to be proficient in the art of book-making to get it.