I have gathered together what I sincerely hope will be some
features on lesser known areas of bookbinding.
Here you will find articles covering such subjects as;
Sheepskin, a closer look at this oft maligned book binding
leather, and some very good reasons to take this material more
Bookclasps, a short history of the subject together with two
manufactures of these book fittings in Europe and the USA.
Calf Marbling, an illustrated guide to the various forms of
marbled calf covers.
painting. A look at the work of Clare Brooksbank, an expert
miniature artist working as a foredge
Named for the long
stitches visible on the spine, the Longstitch binding, which
involves sewing directly through the covering material, is an
ancient bookbinding method that has become popular in Europe
and America since the 1980’s.
Visit a 19th century bindery and it is likely the only two
bookbinding adhesives you would see in use would be animal glue
and a paste made from bread flour.
Binders managed very well for many centuries using these two
But now things are more complicated, man made bookbinding
adhesives are now used. And glues and pastes have been refined
What may be the first image of a lying
press is in the baggage of a travelling binder in an early
14th-century manuscript. The press has not changed in basic
design right through to the present day.
With the press (and its accessory
backing boards, cutting boards, gilding boards, tub, and
plough) the binder could press pages flat before sewing,
hammer-back the sewn book, trim book edges and boards, and gild
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