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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486278522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486278520
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Iso Thringwyn Gade on 17 Nov. 2013
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Book binding is a lovely hobby, incorporating craft, artistry, design and technology ... and it demands patience and a thoughtful approach. It is mindfulness in action. Unfortunately, books about bookbinding all too often assume too much knowledge and skip over difficult but basic things like the weaver's knot, and precisely how to sew different projects. The photographs commonly used sometimes are difficult to follow since they do not highlight the key details. This book is different, in that it really does cover everything up to proper leather binding, case binding etc, with illustrations that are hand drawn and very easy to follow. There are many book binding books that purport to cover the basics of the craft of bookbinding in an easy-to-follow way. This actually delivers on the promise.
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By MiniUser on 9 July 2014
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Good text and line diagrams but spilt by very poorly reproduced photographs.
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161 of 161 people found the following review helpful
Best of show 20 Feb. 2000
By Ron Watts - Published on
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This is by far one of the better books on the subject of bookbinding. It treats things such as leather covering, multiple sewing methods, cording, split covers, and finishing with great detail. However, an easier to read book is Hand Bookbinding A Manual of Instruction by Aldren A. Watson, which also happens to provide instructions on how to make your own tools, something the reader will find quite useful since tools are very difficult to find. Anyone wishing to get into bookbinding seriously should obtain both books to have a complete treatment of the subject, from tools to final product. I couldn't do without the two of them.
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So so 28 Aug. 2007
By Squeak - Published on
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Many of the methods Banister uses in this book are finicky and overcomplicated, but they get the job done nonetheless. His instructions may be difficult for some to follow, but there are tons of great photographs. I also love that Banister gives instructions for how to build several presses yourself - they can be very pricy if purchased ready made!
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Just what I needed to get me started. 3 Jan. 2007
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This book--paired with Hand Bookbinding: a Manual for Instruction--are just what you need to get started with the art of hand bookbinding. The only time I would buy another book about bookbinding would be if I needed more information, or wanted to try out some new stuff, which is highly unlikely.

So, if you're interested in hand bookbinding, buy the two books I mentioned, and you'll be all set (apart from equipment).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
bookbinding basics 6 Mar. 2010
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Most helpful book for any bookbinder, not just beginners like me. The text and illustrations are clear.
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Great Book, Concise Language, Decent Illustrations 14 Jun. 2013
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As far as the wording and logical structure of this book, I give it 5 stars. It is clear, and concise, and very valuable for any person looking to improve their bookbinding skills. As far as the image layout and organization, representation and quality is concerned, I'd give it 3 stars. Thus, 5 stars. I don't mind simple black and white illustrations, but I think they need to be consistent with the content. The way its organized, you sometimes have a tutorial through the photos and a separate, yet slightly related tutorial through the text. This can be confusing. It takes a lot of focus, but then again so does book binding. More modern books made by bigger publishers are definitely easier for a quick read, but this has great information and is extremely valuable.
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