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Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Contains thorough, step-by-step instruction in the sound, traditional methods of fine hand binding, with emphasis on careful workmanship and durability. Written in clear language, and profusely illustrated with explicit drawings and diagrams, the book demonstrates how to carry through a series of binding projects, from a simple folded booklet to a multi-signature book sewn ...more
Hardcover, 95 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Bell Publishing (first published January 1st 1962)
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Sep 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great book, old, but great! Step by step instructions, tips, and finely drawn illustrations that in many ways out do the photographs that I have seen in many other, newer, books on bookbinding. This is a real keeper. I bought one for my husband too, since we don't share books as nicely as we should sometimes ;)

This is a book that people who want to learn the serious art of bookbinding need to have. It's a permanent addition to my reference shelf.
Abraham Ray
Great read about binding books by hand & making the tools nesarry to do the same!
Joe Donley
A great reference that I will be keeping handy during future bookbinding projects.
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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katy German
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems a little weird to give any kind of star rating to this sober manual that aims to educate the reader about a precise craft. It is brief, which may be its only flaw.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"AH - you're reading that book on bookmaking to see how one PUTS a book together."

"NO - I'm reading this book to see how LANGUAGE puts a book together."
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Alren Auld Watson was a craftsman and an illustrator. He was married to Nancy Dingman Watson and was the father of Wendy Watson and Clyde Watson.