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Manual of Bookbinding (The Thames & Hudson Manuals) [Paperback]

Arthur W. Johnson
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27 Feb 1978 The Thames & Hudson Manuals
To give a book a worthy binding is one of the most satisfying of crafts. Beyond the utility of a good binding, there is a great deal of aesthetic pleasure to be gained from a book that opens easily and flatly, and from the decoration, the harmony of colors, and the brilliance of gold.Arthur Johnson, one of Britain's foremost designer-bookbinders, has written a manual of the craft whose clarity and comprehensiveness make it invaluable to the student and the professional. It covers equipment, tools, and materials; all stages of preparation end papers, sewing, rounding and backing, edge-gilding, etc.); different binding styles; and the finer points of finishing. The illustrations show not only tools, materials, and processes, but also a selection of striking and beautiful examples of the binders art, both historic and modern.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; Reissue edition (27 Feb 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500680116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500680117
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The canonical text 12 Oct 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a rather small, but hugely detailed, description of most current practice in craft bookbinding. There are better texts on the history and development of bookbinding, and there are a few recent techniques that aren't mentioned, but if you wish to learn bookbinding then this is the place to start.
As other reviewers have noted, it's not a "home craft" book (or at least, only for the very serious). This is a book for students (in any sense of the word) who are prepared to put serious effort into learning a craft.
The text style, and the quality and degree of illustration, is excellent. This is just how a teaching manual for a craft technique should be written and produced.
I'd like to have seen a few more colour plates, just for inspiration - but this is very much a grubby-covered workshop book, not a coffee table showcase.
A layflat binding would be nice too, if there's a future edition
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4.0 out of 5 stars The standard by which others must be judged. 1 Mar 2001
By Ken
Format:Paperback
This is not a "home craft" book. It is a book for serious students of bookbinding. It comprehensively covers the subject in technical terms, but unfortunately will most likely leave a new comer to the bookbinding no wiser.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Problems with edition supplied 24 Jan 2013
By Robert
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a great book for those new to bookbinding but taking it seriously. However the version supplied is not as described, but is a 'Print on Demand' version with relatively poor print quality and the colour plates printed in black & white. I'm immediately returning my copy and have ordered a 'normal' version elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The old edition! 18 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Johnson's text is an excellent introduction going into detail. I borrowed the new Print on Demand edition from the library and was appalled at the overall shoddy and poor feel to (reproductions are less clear and the perfect binding wouldn't support much workshop handling) it so I went and bought an old edition which is the real deal. An excellent book but be advised that the new POD edition does author and reader a disservice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manual of Bookbinding 6 Aug 2011
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This is a comprehensive guide to bookbinding, written by a professional for intermediate to advanced bookbinders. It is an invaluable reference book, with very practical instructions for every level of work.Although everything is covered, basic techniques are best learned by direct observation and involvement in a class.
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