As we wrote almost a month ago, we have lots of plans to write more about different bookbinding techniques not only in English but in other languages. First posts in Russian have already appeared on our web site (hope the community wasn’t startled). We would also proceed with translating the old posts.
On this day, 24th of August, 1456, Johannes Gutenberg finished making the first book in Europe using movable type. Quires were printed in 1455 (or even before). There is a letter by Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini (future pope Pie II) dated 12 March 1455, that suggests that pages were already printed. Continue reading →
I’m definitely not a Jack of one trade. Am I a bookbinder? Not really. I love bookbinding. For almost a year, I’ve been teaching bookbinding basics workshops in Moscow. However, it’s been a few years now since I made my living binding books. Programmer? Wrong again. I never became a true programmer. Other jobs I had (and have) include journalist, editor and translator. For almost five years, I was a CEO and one of the owners of a board game publishing and distribution company. Continue reading →
Two years ago I decided to start a website dedicated to bookbinding, it was an enjoyable journey but as the days went by I found myself having less and less time to add new posts and maintain the site, this was especially true the past few months where I’ve found myself becoming more absorbed in other projects and so I decided it might be time to start looking for a new owner… Continue reading →
Following on from our most popular posts ‘Top 10 Secret Belgian Binding Tutorials‘ and our infamous ‘Top 15 Japanese Stab Binding Tutorials on the Internet‘ I decided to put together a collection of the best long-stitch bookbinding tutorials on the internet. Continue reading →
Following two of our most popular ‘Top 10 lists’ posts (Top 10 Japanese Stab Binding Tutorials on the Internet & Top 10 Coptic Stitch Binding Tutorials on the Internet), we’ve been asked to find some resources for the rare, and ever so secret, Secret Belgian Binding technique. Continue reading →
Following one of our most popular posts Top 10 Coptic Stitch Binding Tutorials on the Internet we have decided to do a post on the top 15 of the best Japanese Stab Binding instructions and tutorials we could find on the web (also known as the Traditional Chinese Binding Method though there are noticeable differences between the two). On this page you’ll also find a collection of video tutorials and many Japanese stab binding related resources. We hope it serves as a good resource for some of you out there. Continue reading →
A fantastically filmed short video (3:40) on the methods of making a traditional book from setting the printing plates to adding the leather covering.
One of the best short video documentaries I’ve seen on bookbinding, well worth a watch.
A simple overview of the bookbinding process
Setting the typeset at the printers into words and lines. Plates are inked and prepared for the printing process.
Paper sheets are then pressed on the inked type.