Paperback: 768 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (October 1, 1980)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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.
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