Accordion folds, long scrolls, pages that form pouches or flutter like butterfly wings – not flights of fancy but the stuff of which books are made, in Japan, that is. Add silk thread for the binding, coaxed into patterns of tortoise shells, hemp leaves or motifs from distant China, attach a cover of decorative paper and a gold-flecked title strip, and you have one of the world's most versatile and elegant bookbinding styles.
Here, for the first time in English, are easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major, historically important styles of Japanese bindings and traditional book cases- the custom-made folding boxes that afford handsome protection for Japan's exquisite books.
Starting with the stitched four-hole book as a model, the basic: procedures are presented step by step: how to back paper or cloth for the cover, cut and fold paper for the pouch-like pages, punch holes through the spine, and stitch it all together. Some eighteen styles follow-five variations on the four-hole book, four types of accordion book, six kinds of ledger or memo pad, the hand-scroll, and more, all clearly illustrated with approximately 400 photographs and drawings.
The authoritative text, written by one of Japan's leading professional bookbinders, has been fully adapted for Western readers. Both American and Japanese suppliers of traditional tools and materials are provided and substitutes are recommended for items not readily available.
For centuries the West has admired Japanese books, but only now can we make them ourselves and take full advantage of their creative possibilities. Stunning and practical, these bind¬ings are ideal for preserving calligraphy, letters, artwork, and poems, for adding a distinctive touch to limited-edition books, and for use as diaries or gifts.
1st edition, 10th printing 1986, Hb, 128pp, 19.5 x 26.5 cm