First Published in 1990. The Business of Bookbinding is bookbinding from the point of view of the binder, the publisher, the librarian and the general reader. Including chapters on the manufacture of binders' leather and cloth, and a description of working bindery, together with a glossary of terms used in leather and cloth manufacture and bookbinding.
Table of Contents
1 Introductory : The trend of modern bindings. A return to the earlier ideals. A plea for honesty in workmanship, II. The choice of paper. The deterioration that has taken place. The surface of the paper. 'Phe sizes of papers III. Library and reinforced bindings. The work of the Book Production Committee of the Library Association. Firms issuing special bindings. The financial aspect of these special bindings. 'Phe binder as publisher IV. Materials. Prints. Broadsides. Pamphlets. Leather-cloths. Cloth. Leather. Styles. Tight . hollow back. Tapes. Thread. Glue V. Binding from the sheets not the same as library bindings. Cost of one compared with the other and with rebinding . VI. Machine work. Sewing. Methods of machine sewing. Easing v . finishing .VII. Advice to the binder. The local binder. Unfair competition, VIII. Binding specifications. The local binder again. The need for a specification and its uselessness. Specifications advancing from simple instructions to detailed for publishers’ cloth cases. Specifications for library bindings. Advertising. Form of contract IX. Fine bindings. A plea for a greater variety. The public library as collector of fine bindings .X. Home binding in the library. Repairing. Lettering and numbering . XI.Replacements. Second-hand copies. Out of print books XII.Book repairing. Torn leaves and leaves loose. Re-backing. Repairs. Stains, etc. XIII. Leather, by Professor Proctor, XIV. Cloth manufacture. Tests of quality. Weaving. Dyeing. Disinfecting . XV. The work of a library bindery