In this short, wordless video, the Smith Settle printing and bookbinding shop guides a memoir from a formless text into a book, working in a beautiful symbiosis with the machines that lend a modern elegance to their work.
As most of our 3d-printed tools may be adjusted for almost any client's needs, some of the changes are implemented for the standard versions on the product as well. That's why we add many new sizes to our bookbinder's gauges.
What's a genizah? In Judaism, it is forbidden to throw away writings containing the name of God. Special repositories, genizot, were designated to store these texts prior to proper cemetery burial. The word גניזה itself means "storage"
Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a post from Simon Beattie about an 18th-century Russian book with "marbled" endpapers that were in reality hand-printed. Imagine my surprise when I found something similar just a few days later!
There was something that attracted my attention in this book besides the subject. So, let me tell you about my recent find: this pamphlet about the history of the book written by a Russian literary scientist and bibliognost Vladimir Bush.
When I friended Ingeir Djuvik early in 2016, I didn't know what an inspiring treasure I found. He hasn't stopped to amaze me with his bindings since. And at the end of this August, he received a prize from the British Society of Bookbinders.
Those living at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century saw library books in a different light than us. For many, library books had the potential to transmit some of the most infectious diseases circulating in society at the time.
Reading old trade magazines is always the right way to get knowledge and inspiration. Like with this 1911 issue of the Dutch Printer's Yearbook, where I found mentions of "starch marbling." This issue of the Russian magazine Art of Print isn't an exception.
I've made this short video to show during bookbinding shows and fairs, as it answers all the major questions in just 30 seconds. However, I was a bit slow to share it. Don't know why. In this post, you'll find this video =)
In this interview, Professor Gregory Clark, a distinguished scholar of medieval manuscripts, provides an examination and analysis of the recently resurfaced Fauquier Book of Hours and its significance.