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Making a Book: Finding technical guides

Ready to make a book? Look at these suggestions to get you started

Finding more guides

To find more books on bookmaking or pop-up engineering, search the following subjects in the online catalog

BOOK DESIGN                                             

BOOKBINDING

LIFT THE FLAP BOOKS

ORIGAMI

POP UP BOOKS DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

POP UP BOOKS TECHNIQUE

TOY AND MOVEABLE BOOKS

TOY AND MOVEABLE BOOKS  DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

If browsing is your preference, you will find these call number ranges helpful.

  • Book design and construction: Z 116 and Z 266-271
  • Pop-ups and origami: TT 870 and Z 1033

You might also want to take a look at Karen Hanmer's Biblio tech: reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures with a focus on board attachment.  (Special Collections Z 271 .H36 2013; this set must be looked at in the library)

This reference set of twelve binding models is based on Karen Hanmer's popular workshop Biblio Tech: Reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures. The models remain uncovered and only partially completed so methods of board attachment, sewing, spine lining, and endsheet construction are visible.

The set is accompanied by a forty-five page illustrated guidebook outlining key structural features of each binding, providing numerous references for further study. The hand-bound booklet is sewn in three signatures and presented in a German stiffened paper binding.

Structures include:

Tacketing of a thick single signature into a leather wrapper
Ethiopian Binding
Medieval Binding
Laced-on boards Binding
Colonial American Scaleboard Binding
Early Nineteenth Century Publishers Boarded Binding
German Case Binding with double fan adhesive text block
Split Board Binding
Simplified Binding
Crossed Structure Binding
Sewn Boards Binding
Non-Adhesive Paper Case

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