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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; Reissue edition (27 Feb. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500680116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500680117
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 0.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andy Dingley on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken on 1 Mar. 2001
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 24 Jan. 2013
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mick McKigney on 18 Dec. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Titch on 9 July 2011
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Im Currently studying archive conservation throught the Archive and Records assocation. This book is on our reading list and is used by one of the instructors as a course book for bookbinding. It realy is a brilliant book and easy to use, espaly when you just cant rember what the next step is. I would recomend it however it would not be easy to just use this or any book as a way of lerning bookbinding.
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