Free Downloads
Bookbinding: Its Background And Technique (Two Volumes Bound As One) (v. 1 & 2)

Edith Diehl (1876–1955) was one of the world's foremost practitioners of traditional bookbinding and an exceptionally able teacher. From the vantage point of a lifetime's experience, she gives today's bookbinders a historical survey of this centuries-old art and an eminently practical guide.Nearly one half of the encyclopedic volume is devoted to an overview of the historical development of bookbinding. The author shows how the codex form of the book became identified with the Christian era, how bookbinding became a craft and trade in the 15th century, and how the production and distribution of books shifted from the monasteries and universities to the illustrious printer-publishers of the 15th and 16th centuries. She describes various bookbinding practices such as sewing, the use of boards and leathers, hand versus machine binding, cased books, etc. And she examines in depth the different national styles of book decoration in Italy, France, England, Germany, North America, and other countries, and the specific contributions of such influential bookbinders as Jean Grolier, Thomas Mahieu, Le Gascon, Samuel Mearne, Roger Payne, Jacob Krause, Edmund Ranger, and John Ratcliff. Ninety-two full-page plates provide visualization of certain key points and, above all, numerous examples of the finest decorated bindings.Edith Diehl then guides the reader through more than 400 profusely illustrated pages on the craft of hand bookbinding. She details and illustrates the steps involved in the nearly 30 necessary binding operations: collating and paging, pulling and removing glue, guarding and mending, pressing, sewing, backing, lacing-in, headbanging, lining up back, casing texts in protective cover, covering, cutting inside margins and filling in, and many more. In addition she conveys much useful information on such ancillary topics as doublures, fly-leaves, half bindings, limp bindings, vellum bindings, slipcases, repairing old bindings, cleaning and washing papers, materials (leather, paper, gold leaf, glue, paste), finishing tools, tooling, lettering, etc. The 242 illustrations that accompany this book-within-a-book are unmatched for economy and clarity.

Paperback: 768 pages

Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (October 1, 1980)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0486240207

ISBN-13: 978-0486240206

Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #94,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #12 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Toys & Models > Model Trains #13 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Papercrafts, Stamping & Stenciling > Book Making & Binding #30 in Books > Computers & Technology > Graphics & Design > Desktop Publishing

Being a small publisher and bookbinder, I found this book very informative. It covers a wide view of bookbinding going back to the middle ages, right thru the 1950s. Edith Diehl has "been there" and knows all the ins and outs of bookbinding. At first some of the material may seem dated, but this is a manual for restoring books, using the same material and methods of the time period. Anyone who collects books should have this very well written and illustrated manual.

This is a paperback compilation of the original two-volume hardcover set by one of the 20th century's foremost bookbinding experts. It covers an enormous range of topics related to bookbinding - papers, end papers, cover materials, print, format, signature and sewing, binding types, slipcovers, inks, design, etc. It covers historical techniques (e.g., sewn-cord raised spines) as well as strictly modern ones (e.g., perfect binding).Much of what I know about physical book quality, I learned from this book. As a result, I do not hesitate, for example, in buying a quality paperback - because I know exactly what a quality paperbook book should be. Conversely, I also don't bother with inferior hardcovers.This thick paperback even takes its own advice regarding quality in that it documents its paper and binding approach. As a result of the care taken in the physical design of the book, it lays flat, has not yellowed, it is easy to read right into the margins, and the binding is intact, though I've owned it for perhaps 20 years. It's still like new.You should also buy this book if you maintain your own books, as it will instruct you in the proper techniques for minor repair as well as restoration. I wouldn't advocate restoring very valuable books at home, but there is much you can do with decent-quality books you wish to keep that need some repair.You might consider this book if you are an author, as it will set you up quite well to discuss details with your publisher. The longevity of your work may literally depend on it.A book about books - a topic any bibliophile should enjoy!

I'm the author of the YA series, "The Library of Illumination" about an ancient Library that is home to all literature. One of the duties of the young curator and her apprentice are to repair some of the wonderful old books that have been neglected, abused, or ravaged by time. Edith Diehl's "Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique" was highly recommended as a reliable source of information. I use it as a reference, and I have not been disappointed.

I got this book hoping it will give me some simple, yet thorough advice or guidance to book binding, as I'm into handmade paper making and would like to create different sorts of journals, notebooks, book covers, etc.The book has amazing historical information and detailed explanation on various techniques, but my level is too low and I don't understand much of the technicalities. Also, the illustrations are scarce and that's not a good thing for a beginner.Will look for another book on the subject.

The book is a good introductin to the world of bookbinding, in particualr the part on the history of this craft/art. The practical part, being very well explained, lacks explicit illustrations. After all, as the authro says, one cannot learn a craft from books.

Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique (Two Volumes Bound as One) (v. 1 & 2) Bound Complete Box Set (Bound by Lies, Bound Forever): A Dark Mafia Romance The Finely Fitted Yacht, Volumes 1 and 2 in One Volume (Volumes I and II) Cooking for One: 365 Recipes For One, Quick and Easy Recipes (Healthy Cooking for One, Easy Cooking for One, One Pot, One Pan) Encyclopedia Of Papermaking And Bookbinding: The Definitive Guide To Making, Embellishing, And Repairing Paper, Books, And Scrapbooks Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding A Catalog of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform: Volumes One, Two, and Three Leg over Leg: Volumes One and Two (Library of Arabic Literature) The Light of Egypt; Or, the Science of the Soul and the Stars [Two Volumes in One] Elements of the Theory of Functions and Functional Analysis [Two Volumes in One] Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning [Two Volumes in One] How to Boil an Egg: Poach One, Scramble One, Fry One, Bake One, Steam One The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries The Botanical Garden - Two Volumes: I. Trees and Shrubs; II. Perennials and Annuals Cooking for Two: 365 Days of Fast, Easy, Delicious Recipes for Busy People (Cooking for Two Cookbook, Slow Cooking for Two, Cooking for 2 Recipes) Jewish and Roman Law: Comparative Study in Two Volumes (Volume II) Roman Republican Coinage (in two volumes) Molecular Pharmacology: The Mode of Action of Biologically Active Compounds, Two Volumes