By Edith Diehl
Edith Diehl (1876–1955) used to be one of many world's most excellent practitioners of conventional bookbinding and an incredibly capable instructor. From the vantage element of a lifetime's event, she offers modern day bookbinders a ancient survey of this centuries-old artwork and an eminently useful guide.
Nearly one half the encyclopedic quantity is dedicated to an outline of the historic improvement of bookbinding. the writer indicates how the codex kind of the booklet turned pointed out with the Christian period, how bookbinding grew to become a craft and alternate within the fifteenth century, and the way the creation and distribution of books shifted from the monasteries and universities to the illustrious printer-publishers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She describes quite a few bookbinding practices equivalent to stitching, using forums and leathers, hand as opposed to laptop binding, cased books, and so forth. and she or he examines intensive different nationwide types of ebook ornament in Italy, France, England, Germany, North the US, and different international locations, and the categorical 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 supply visualization of yes key issues and, exceptionally, quite a few examples of the best embellished bindings.
Edith Diehl then publications the reader via greater than four hundred profusely illustrated pages at the craft of hand bookbinding. She information and illustrates the stairs curious about the approximately 30 helpful binding operations: collating and paging, pulling and elimination glue, guarding and mending, urgent, stitching, backing, lacing-in, headbanging, lining up again, casing texts in protecting hide, protecting, slicing inside of margins and filling in, and lots of extra. additionally she conveys a lot valuable details on such ancillary issues as doublures, fly-leaves, part bindings, limp bindings, vellum bindings, slipcases, repairing outdated bindings, cleansing and washing papers, fabrics (leather, paper, gold leaf, glue, paste), completing instruments, tooling, lettering, and so on. The 242 illustrations that accompany this book-within-a-book are unequalled for economic climate and clarity.
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