The other day a friend on mine Dymphie took a photo of her collection of books on bookbinding and it inspired me to create a list of my top five favorite books on the subject. Would any other bookbinders out there like to contribute their top five favourites? Either leave your list as a comment below or maybe create your list on your own website and link it back to here in a comment.
1. Volume 1 Non Adhesive Binding; Books without Glue or Paste
- Author: Keith Smith
- Publisher: Keith Smith Books www.keithsmaithbooks.com
- ISBN: 0-9637682-6-3
2. Cover to Cover
- Author: Shereen La Plantz
- Publisher: Lark Books www.larkbooks.com
- ISBN: 13: 978 – 0 – 937274-87-3
- ISBN: 10: 0-937274-87-9
3. Expressive Handmade Books
- Author: Alisa Golden
- Publisher: Sterling
- ISBN: 1-4027-2051-3
4. Hand Bookbinding A Manual of Instruction
- Author: Aldred A Watson
- Publisher: Dover www.doverpublications.com
- ISBN: 13: 978-0-486-29157-4
- ISBN: 10: 0-486-29157-X
5. Bookbinding A Beginners Manual
- Author: John Ashman
- Publisher: Adam & Charles Black
- ISBN: 0-7136-2113-3
All of these books would be suitable for beginners, I’ll do a separate list another day, of my top five books for the more experienced binder. Here’s why I love the above books.
1. Excellent detailed instructions for many kinds of binding styles. When you want to progress and just want instructions on how to complete a selection of different bindings, without endless pictures of finished books, get this book. Excellent reference book, but might overwhelm a total novice.
2. Excellent first book for bookbinding. Plenty of inspiring pictures, with a good selection of binding styles, described step by step.
3. This would also be an excellent place to start for the new bookbinder. inspiring pictures and instruction on binding styles.
4. Another great book for the first steps. The pictures are all black and white and are more ‘technical drawings’ that compliment the techniques covered, rather than glossy finished books. A lot of excellent info and the section at the back on making your own binding equipment is superb and will save you a lot of money,when you just start out.
5. I Love this book. It is one of those ‘Does what it says on the tin’ kind of books. truly excellent descriptions of many aspects of bookbinding equipment is explained as well as binding styles. An excellent reference book to explain terms you will see in other books.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon