It features a sampling of materials held in the special collections division focusing on the history of the book and medieval manuscripts from the 11th to the 19th century. Glasgow university library special collections british bookbindings. In the 1830s, gold was first used on the spine, usually for a title surrounded by a. Very interesting is the plaited headband made with strips of leather, usually. To a public accustomed to the tradition of leather bound books and the elaborately embossed or silk bound annuals of the 1820s, these books were unattractive.
The art of covering a book in cloth was invented in the early 1820s. Alternative methods of binding that are cheaper but less. The historical book arts database is primarily a teaching tool. I dont even know where to go to get a comb binding put on my book. The digital collection is comprised of images of binding, printing, papermaking and illustration examples and techniques.
In the following, youll see brief descriptions and pictures of the different book binding types. Beginning around 1830, publishers began to issue their books in more permanent bindings covered in cloth. The first of these manuscripts goes back as far as the 25 th bc, and until the christian era, they remained quite popular. Bauman rare books first editions, signed and inscribed. Online exhibit of publishers bookbinding, 18301910 from the university of rochester english embroidered. By the end of the decade, odds are that the dustjacket of a book will be more interesting than. The 19th century was a time of great change in european bookbinding. Book binding is usually used for important business documents, school reports, and books. An interesting offshoot of this trend is the use of the same generic image on different.
The stack is then bound together along one edge by either sewing with thread through the folds or by a layer of flexible adhesive. Beginning around the 1830s, publishers began binding their books in cloth as an. Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book of codex format from an ordered stack of paper sheets that are folded together into sections or sometimes left as a stack of individual sheets. Social and educational reform of the previous century had led to. These editions have all been thoughtfully bound in atypical materials, some in direct correlation. By midcentury, advancements in clothmaking and stamping technology allowed binders to work with cloth covers in the same way they had worked with leather. These bindings ranged from plain cloth covers with gilt lettering on the spine only to elaborate gift bindings pictorially decorated in gilt or blind or both. The written history of bookbinding has largely been the history of leather and. The victorian influence on design dramatically shaped bookbinding in the 1800s.
We love to read, but its an extra pleasure when the book is an object of beauty, craft or art, as well. The reason that the pages are thick on the right side and thinner on the left side is because i have items that measure 116th of an inch in thickness lined up in a column and glued to half the right side pages of the page 9 pages of that btw. The binding itself was a straightforward binding, remarkable only because of its size really. It is interesting both as an example of seventeenthcentury glasgow binding and of the ordinary scottish binding of the period. On this removable cover from 1830 we can read friendships offering, gift of friendship. The books on display in the dome room of uvas rotunda have. Especially when the cover is made every bit as remarkable as the contents sometimes more. Learning about them will give you more option in choosing the kind of binding type youd need. Guide to understanding bindings shop for books, art. Book excerpt a history of english craft bookbinding.
Book collecting guide guide to understanding bindings abebooks. The large set of buffons natural history mentioned earlier has some interesting peculiarities. Guide to understanding bindings the binding of a book describes the material that is used to make the upper front and lower back covers. The coil binding wont work but what about the comb binding. Each chapter covers various aspects of bookbinding techniques as well as. However, during this period, the paper or the book industry underwent a transformation, and parchment started replacing the egyptian. Interior view of the spine of an 1830s english laced case binding. The first ever books in the world were the egyptian papyrus rolls, which were composed of several columns of ancient writing scripts. Sherwood harper and brothers, 1834 as the era of cloth bindings began, most book covers were plain, sometimes with a paper label pasted to the spine. It is an impressive production, but this is the thing which illustrates the odd dichotomy between binding and book. Books are bound in all manner of materials including various papers, cloths, hides and even metals to increase aesthetic appeal or durability. Stikeman bindings jeff stikeman architectural art blog. The first decade or two, the 1820s to 1830s, saw much experimentation. On american books of the late 1830s 40s, the binders name, and perhaps the city in which he worked, can sometimes be found inside one of the stamped frames.
Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book of codex format from an ordered. Special editions bound with gems, metals, exotic skins or other interesting. Dust jackets dust jackets or dust wrappers were originally designed to protect a book in transit until it reached the safety of an owners library. It is interesting to observe that the main problems faced by the massproduction bookbinder are the same as those. The earliest cloth bindings are plain and unassuming, decorated with nothing more than their own color and a paper or leather label.922 239 1033 651 96 1030 930 518 1481 1513 33 1078 450 1137 1557 134 1066 920 364 155 458 1137 951 927 611 504 1014 195 376 266 57 1304 108 1148 1488 197 599 424 21 311 761