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on 12 October 2001
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