The Fundamentals


ABC of Bookbinding:

A Unique Glossary with over 700 Illustrations for Collectors and Librarians

by Jane Greenfield

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The vocabulary of designer bookbinding is extremely detailed and specific. I’ve been in the library and antiquarian book world long enough (don’t ask) to know quite a lot of book terms. All of them are useful in understanding and describing the structure and appearance of a book. Many are helpful in parsing a technical description of a designer binding.

In other ways, I’m in the dark:

Tight joint? Kettle stitch? Palladium? Puckered? Maril? Cross-grained?

Thanks to ABC, I’m getting a clue.



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