Non-Adhesive Binding (Volume 1): Books without Paste or Glue, demonstrates basic and elaborate bindings constructed without adhesives and requiring no presses or other heavy equipment. A needle, a pair of scissors and a few other minor tools are all that is needed.
Books without Paste or Glue speaks of an approach to binding. In creating a book, as opposed to binding an existing one, binding should not be an afterthought but an integral part of the book statement. Physical structure facilitates action of turning pages. Design continues, if not determines content. Craft is useless without function, and accessibility is sterile without content.
Volume I is not only about how to bind a book, the first part of this text is about developing an approach to binding. Sewing a blank book or rebinding an existing one differs from creating a book of text and/or pictures. Here, binding should not be an afterthought but an integral part of the statement.
Part 1 is an introduction to hand binding covering:
Part 2 of the book gives detailed written instructions for 33 simple to complex bindings, (2), (3), (4), (5). The procedures are also presented as 350 drawings, elaborately diagrammed step by step. In addition, this is followed by a condensed outline of the procedures. All sewings require only needle thread and scissors.
- Paper, grain, folding, cutting, tearing, marking and piercing sewing stations are explained.
- Folding down sections for a varying number of pages is diagrammed, as well as imposition of page numbers.
- Thread, knots and stitches, and simple tools are covered.
Part 3 describes covers, tape supports, interlocking tabs, turns-in and spine-pleats.
Part 4 contains the references, including a Glossary of Terms, Notes, Index of Terms and Reference of Photographic Illustrations.
Books without Paste or Glue has 264 drawn illustrations and 123 photo reproductions by 37 binders and book artists.
Keith Smith has made over 200 one-of-a-kind books since 1967 and published 27 books since 1982. His books are in numerous collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco.