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Bookbinding notes


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Bookbinding notes was written by an unidentified bookbinder or perhaps someone learning the craft.

Information derived from the collection.

This cloth-bound carbon typescript, titled

Bookbinding notes, was written by an unidentified individual and bears occasional handwritten additions, deletions, and notes.

This set of notes gives a descriptive list of the steps required to craft different types of bindings, including case books, library bindings, flexible bindings, hollow back style, and pamphlet style. In each of these sections there are detailed instructions for binding a volume, beginning with collating and including pulling, marking up, sewing, endpapers, cutting, boards, rounding, backing, lining-up back, covering, and pasting down.

Following these sections, there are several pages on papermaking, including a brief history of papermaking, notes on boards, information on finishing (preparations used), and notes on leather (types and finishing). The book concludes with a section labeled "miscellaneous notes" which explains mending, overcasting, throw-out-on-guards, and sizes of printing papers.

Occasional brief handwritten additions, such as section titles added to the top of some pages are scattered throughout the book. There are also brief additions of information, the addition of another step in a process, a small drawing, or referrals to other sections in the notes. Some deletions were made, including one subsection on binding case books where some of the steps are crossed out.

Box 62, F0906: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, July 2011.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, September 2011. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2011 September 22
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Collection Inventory

Bookbinding notes, circa 1900-1990.
Box 62 Folder F0906

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