Bookbinding, and the Care of Books, by Douglas Cockerell

Table of Contents

Editor’s Preface

Author’s Note

Part I Binding

  1. Introduction
  2. EnteringBooks in SheetsFoldingCollatingPulling to PiecesRefoldingKnocking Out Joints
  3. GuardingThrowing OutParing PaperSoaking off India ProofsMounting Very Thin PaperSplitting PaperInlaying Leaves or PlatesFlattening Vellum
  4. SizingWashingMending
  5. End PapersLeather JointsPressing
  6. Trimming Before SewingEdge Gilding
  7. Marking upSewingMaterials for Sewing
  8. Fraying Out Slips and Glueing upRounding and Backing
  9. Cutting and Attaching BoardsCleaning off the Back and Pressing
  10. Cutting in BoardsGilding or Colouring the Edges of a Cut Book
  11. Headbands
  12. Preparing for CoveringParing LeatherCoveringMitring Corners and Filling in
  13. Library BindingBinding Very Thin BooksScrap-BooksVellum BindingsBooks Covered with Embroidery and Woven Material
  14. Decoration of Binding — ToolsFinishingTooling on VellumInlaying on Leather
  15. Lettering on the BackBlind ToolingHeraldry on Book Covers
  16. Designing for Gold-Tooled DecorationDesigning ToolsCombining Tools to Form PatternsDesigning for BacksDesigning for Inside of Boards
  17. Pasting Down End PapersOpening Newly Bound Books
  18. Clasps and TiesMetal on Bindings
  19. Leather
  20. PaperPastesWhite Paste for MendingGlue

Part II Care of Books when Bound

  1. Injurious Influences to which Books are SubjectedBookwormsRats and MiceCockroachesPlacing the Books in the Shelves
  2. To Preserve Old BindingsRe-Backing

Specifications for Bookbinding

Reproductions of Bindings



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