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Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction
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 reasonab ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 2nd 1996 by Dover Publications
(first published January 1st 1962)
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This book is an excellent resource for beginning bookbinders. It provides a good list of tools and materials, often ranking various options, and the final chapter even shows how to construct various basic tools. Techniques are simply explained and clearly illustrated. Finally, the step-by-step binding projects gives binders great ideas for where to start. The only major flaw is that it details only how to make very plain covers of paper or cloth. Leather covers and any decoration other than pape ...more
Watson führt zunächst kurz in die Geschichte der Schrift, der Papierherstellung und der Anfertigung von Büchern aus Pergament und Papier ein. Die Leser können die historische Entwicklung vom Schreiben auf einer Rolle über das Schreiben in Spalten bis zur Herstellung von Kodices und Büchern verfolgen. Systematisch und sehr ausführlich werden dann die einzelnen buchbinderischen Arbeitsgänge erläutert: Falten der Lagen, Messen und Markieren, Stechen der Heftlöcher, Heften mit Hilfe einer Heftlade, ...more
Yes. I am grateful to you, Aldren A. Watson, for writing a books that transforms a passing interest in bookbinding into the desire to actually acquire the skills and knowledge to make books. And thanks too for not expecting me to go buy all the tools and stuff at a craft store - the make-your-own-equipment section at the end is really helpful.