Volume I is not only about how to
bind a book, the first part of this text is about developing
an approach to binding. Sewing a blank book or rebinding an
existing one differs from creating a book of text and/or pictures.
Here, binding should not be an afterthought but an integral
part of the statement.
Volume I is an introduction to hand binding:
- Paper, grain, folding, cutting, tearing, marking and piercing
sewing stations are explained.
- Folding down sections for a varying number of pages is
diagrammed, as well as imposition of page numbers.
- Thread, knots
and stitches, and simple tools are covered.
PART 2 of the book gives detailed written instructions for 33 simple to complex
The procedures are also presented as 350 drawings, elaborately diagrammed
step by step. In addition, this is followed by a condensed outline of the
procedures. All sewings require only needle thread and scissors.
PART 3 describes covers, tape supports, interlocking tabs, turns-in
PART 4 contains the references, including a Glossary of Terms,
Notes, Index of Terms and Reference of Photographic Illustrations.
Volume I has 137 photographic reproductions of bindings by 37