by Keith A. Smith and Fred Jordan
Bookbinding for Book Artists
presents a simple approach to binding a book in cloth or leather.
It eliminates the skill required to pare leather or to sew endbands.
Household tools are substituted for traditional binding equipment.
Instructions for making a simple book press are included.
Three bindings are described in detail:
Binding with Boards gives a substantial presentation of a book with
only four to 32 pages. This hard cover book is presented as quarter cloth,
half or full cloth. It is described both with the end sheets as paste-down,
as well as exposed cloth hinges on the inside of the boards. This binding
gives a substantial presentation for small projects.
Back is ideal for medium size projects. Shown as sewn onto tapes, it
gives a book of 24 to 100 pages. It is most commonly used binding for hard
cover artists books.
Back and the Hollow Back variation are presented as leather bound books,
rounded and backed. This gives an arch which structurally allows a book
to be bound with hundreds of pages. Yet, this elegant binding can have as
few as 32 pages.