The Craft of Bookbinding by Manly Banister

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The Craft of Bookbinding by Manly Banister

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Publisher’s Synopsis:
Most book lovers are familiar with the frustration of having a treasured book fall apart from age or use or both. Now the solution is at hand in this modestly priced, step-by-step guide to the craft of hand bookbinding. With this book, you'll learn how to restore not only ailing hardcovers, but paperbacks, periodicals and other materials as well.

Profusely illustrated with over 250 photos and drawings by the author, the clear, concise text gives details of book sewing of all types-antique, flexible, outside cords, lockstitch, whipstitch and more, as well as the modern practice of perfect binding in which the bound book is composed of single sheets. You’ll also learn how to make endpapers, attach headbands, case in, and cover with book cloth, buckram, artificial leather and other materials. Finally, Manly Banister offers clear instructions for adding titling and decoration with gold leaf, gold and metal foils and printed labels.

In short, this expert guide will teach you everything you need to know about bookbinding – even how to build your own book press and other equipment.


Part of the introduction to the book:
Along about the 4th century A.D., the people who manufactured books – which were actually scrolls up to that time – began to turn their thoughts toward making books easier to read and to use in research, less bulky, and easier to store on shelves. The idea occurred to somebody that if sheets of parchment – on which books were then being written – where folded down the middle and sewed to thongs through the fold, the result would be something entirely new in the history of book publishing. After that, all that was required was a pair of heavy wooden boards, laced to the book at the back and hooked or locked together at the fore edge, to keep the pages flat and safe from harm.

Within a few hundred years, the art of bookbinding became fully developed and is carried on today with little difference from its origins, save that nowadays machines do the work that used to be done by human hands. So why bookbinding by hand? There are numerous reasons. The most satisfying feeling comes from performing such a difficult craft well. Try it – you will see.

Your favourite books will wear out, and many, being both useful and valuable, you will want repaired and even rebound. Commercial binders will not do this work for you-they only bind in quantities of 100 or more copies. So, you must do it yourself.

Magazines are a form of book that arrives piecemeal, by the month. Six months issue, or a year’s issue, is designated as a volume. Some magazines are valuable enough for reference, and printed on good enough paper, so that it is worthwhile for you to bind them into permanent books.


What this book includes:
The contents of this book include
  • Bookbinding Step-by-Step Process chart
  • Metric Conversion Table
  • Before You Begin – An introduction to the book
  • Tools and Adhesives
  • Materials Used in Bookbinding
    • Sewing Materials
    • Backing Materials
    • Cover Materials
  • Book Structure and Preparation for Binding
  • Sewing the Lock-Stitch
  • Trimming the Book
  • Rounding and Backing the Book
  • Casing In
  • Sewing a Book on Tapes
  • Trimming “Out of Boards”
  • Backing the Tape-Sewn Book
  • Boarding and Covering the Tape-Sewn Book
  • Sewing on Buried Cords-Quarter Binding in Leather with False Bands
  • Flexible Sewing
  • Single-Sheet Binding
    • Rebinding Single-Sheet Books and Magazines
    • Whipstitch Method of Sewing Single Sheets
    • Perfect Binding
    • Rounding and Backing the Perfect Binding
  • Finishing
    • Additional Techniques
  • Book Repairs
    • Adhesives
  • Appendix
  • Book Sizes
  • Sources of Supply in the United States
  • Index


Booksellers Comments:
This book, originally published in 1975 by Sterling Publishers, contains comprehensive instructions of the traditional processes that were used at that time. To enable you to get ready from these traditional process, there is a chapter with the tools that you need and patterns on how to make some of the presses required. Although this book is well illustrated with line diagrams and photographs, some of the photographs are not too clear. However, this remains a very useful book for anyone wishing to pursue traditional bookbinding as a rewarding hobby.


1st Dover edition, 1993, paperback, 160 pages, over 250 monochrome illustrations, 16.5 x 23.5 cm



The Craft of Bookbinding by Manly Banister
£12.99 EUR 16.01