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The Handmade Book (Handmade Series) Paperback – 1 Mar 2003


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers; New edition edition (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859741789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859741788
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 22.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela James is a past winner of the Thomas Harrison Memorial Award for Bookbinding and is a Fellow of the presitigious Guild of Designer Bookbinders. She exhibits her work internationally and receives numerous commissions which have included the binding of four of the short-listed Booker Prize novels for their authors. Her work is in numerous private collections worldwide as well as the British Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Royal Libraries of Sweden and Copenhagen and universities in the United States and Australia. She lives in Osmotherley, North Yorkshire.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a complete beginner to the craft of bookbinding, I found this book very helpful. There are a variety of projects listed in this book, and as usual I leapt in and did a project that appealed rather than progressing from the starting project. Luckily enough for me the steps of the project were clearly laid out, enough for me to find out where I went wrong!
Admittingly, some of the projects look daunting to the complete beginner however they are not as difficult as you would first imagine. There is an element of try-it-and-see and some of the materials and tools used are not realily come by, needing a little investigation to source. However it is possible to flange your way through the projects and get wonderful results.
In my opinion _The Handmade Book_ is an excellent kick-off point into bookbinding. The projects are fun and easy to understand and, given a little imagination, easily adaptable to the materials and tools at hand. For the beginner it gives a solid grounding in the basics and inspiration for projects to come. All in all, a well illustrated and well written book on making books!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book has made me think hard about craft books in general and the different categories they can be divided into - encouraging, advisory, escapist or inspirational for instance. Like its companion volume in this series - The Handmade Paper Book by Angela Ramsay - THE HANDMADE BOOK belongs to the category of a 'how to' manual - one to buy when you're definitely ready to get down to some serious work. It's thorough, well illustrated and business-like, and all of the thirteen step-by-step projects have a very professional look about them. Unfortunately, as a book making beginner I found this a bit discouraging and would have preferred a more relaxed approach, where the emphasis was on enjoying the process rather than perfecting the product. Readers who already have some skill, however, may well disagree with me and find the high standards an encouragement and an inspiration.
One other aspect of this book that I felt uncomfortable with was that almost all of the works photographed for the projects have been made up with blank paper. Although I appreciate that in the context of an illustrated teaching manual this makes for clear, straightforward photos, I found that ultimately it gave the whole undertaking a feeling of pointlessness. A sheaf of blank pages is essentially an empty thing, however beautifully bound, and likely to stay that way - I can't imagine many people feeling brave enough to write in any of these immaculate volumes. My advice to anyone intending to follow these projects is to go ahead and work with text/images right from the start. That way you'll be creating an object that's alive and interesting, both inside and out - a real book rather than just the beautiful skeleton of one.
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By lydia on 11 May 2013
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some really nice ideas for how to make your own books and good ones if your a student so need to save money on things like that.
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By elkeartsandcrafts on 27 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Interesting book and good for the price
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jdiasdasilva@yahoo.com on 18 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
It's a very, very attractive book with very good photographs and excellent explanations. Very nice projects and easy to do.
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