Good Book Binding Books?

Daniel W's picture

Hey all,

I'm looking for a good book on how to bind books. Preferably, one that shows as many different techniques as possible. Thanks

Steven Acres's picture

500 Handmade Books is a great visual reference, although it doesn't really go into detail on how to build. For that, Cover to Cover is one of the best I have found.

gillo's picture

I like Keith Smith's books. There are lots of them but they all demonstrate lots of techniques (the Non-Adhesive Binding series, at least). I find them very inspiring.

dtw's picture

Former collegues bought me a copy of The Thames and Hudson Manual of Bookbinding, which is serious & detailed, assuming you're not after artsy-craftsy bookbinding, but proper (ahem) stuff.

Steven Acres's picture

Proper is relevant. Maybe the "proper" binding for a booklet is a French-folded folio with a 4-hole Japanese stab bind, because the booklet is about the history of Japanese prints? Or maybe it's a 2 inch thick journal and it needs a good ol' coptic stitch? :)

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