The purpose of this book is to guide the reader through the sequence of operations involved in creating a book bound in leather, or a "fine binding." The author defines a fine binding as a book fully covered in leather, with leather-jointed endpapers, gilt edges, and leather doublures. Although a basic knowledge of bookbinding terms and techniques is assumed, this book is meant for both novice and experienced bookmakers. The book is intended to be used as an active guide during the process of fine binding. It is arranged into sixteen sections, in the order of how they are to be undertaken (or a "sequence of operations"), beginning with preliminary work and ending with preparing and putting in leather doublures. Each section includes appropriately numbered instructions so that the user can find his or her place in the sequence of operations and have a reference for what step is next. There are also numbered explanatory sections that include a rationale (why you do it) and technique (how you do it). The work includes close to 300 black and white illustrations, four appendices, and a bibliography.
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Jen Lindsay is a bookbinder with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and writing on bookbinding and the history of the book. She first studied bookbinding at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London (1977-1979), and then worked as a freelance bookbinder. She was a bookbinding tutor and Program Convener for the BA Bookbinding and BA Calligraphy programs at Roehampton Institute, West London (1983-2001) and then bookbinding tutor at The City Literary Institute, London (2001-2005).Review:
'[Fine Bookbinding] is a seminal work by a master craftswoman, distilled from a lifetimes teaching; it is a meticulous work of the utmost integrity and a lesson in what craftsmanship truly involves. There is detail and forethought in every step taken.' Sylvie Gokulsing, The Scribe 'a landmark publication written with authority' Graham Stevens, Designer Bookbinders Newsletter June 2010 'For those working alone and without the advantage of a tutor to hand this book will be all but indispensable. I am determined to clear my workspace to make room for it.' Alan Isaac, The Society of Bookbinders Newsletter Number 1 / April 2010 'I recommend Fine Bookbinding to anyone who is ready to learn to bind a book in leather.' Journal of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
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