How to operate a book? Well, there are some instructive pictures about opening a new book. This video, however, tackles the subject of the physical structure of books, from the medieval manuscript codex to the modern paperback.
Every year six bindings are made by Fellows of Designer Bookbinders. 2018 wasn't an exception. In this video, Angela James, a Fellow and former President of the society, talks about the process, and about her own work.
Birds of America by John James Audubon was published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838. The work consists of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints. They are made from engraved plates, measuring 99 x 66 cm (39" x 26".)
Last week I posted a review of a new tutorial offered by the project Bookbinding Out of The Box. I just wanted to give you an update. Ben Elbel posted a video where he talks about this style and about his book.
Sherif Afifi just published a new video tutorial dedicated to sewing a two-color endband on one core. It isn't a fast-paced video, so you'll have a chance to see all the details of the process.
This is a post about the flea markets of Copenhagen, printing tools, and airport security. Initially, I just wanted to share some things I bought while visiting the capital of Denmark this weekend, but it grew to be so much more.
This 17th-century dos-a-dos structure opens in six directions. The video gives an idea of the beauty and refined technique with which this artifact was created. It is a true masterpiece of printing and bookbinding crafts.
Super thin paper made by Hidaka Washi Ltd. is used by museums and other institutions all over the world for conservation and restoration projects. But the technology of production dates back a thousand years.
I like when a serious issue is approached with a sense of humor. But it seems to me the list is not full. Non-reversible adhesives should be added to the list, along with self-made repairs, and some other nightmarish things. However, that may be more of conservator's peeves, not archivist's.
Went to Haarlem today for the annual book market - Boeken in de Bavo. The market itself is quite nice, 75 sellers (or something like that), quite a diverse choice of books. But what's makes this fair really special is the astonishing location!
Ken Sanders tells his story of becoming a book detective while being a rare books seller for most of his life. One time he had to chase a book thief for three years to prepare the final sting and put him to jail.
Every once in a while the Museum Meermanno in the Hague (The Netherlands) brings a new temporary exhibition. This time they show the works of Quentin Blake, an artist, who had illustrated multiple books, including stories by the world-famous author Roald Dahl.
Ross MacDonald has led a secret double life for many years. While he was writing humor pieces and making illustrations for periodicals, he was also making paper-related props for over 40 movies.