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January 3, 2008

Thursday morning musings and learning to repair books…

Filed under: Book Repair, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:52 am

Good morning readers.

It’s chilly cold here in Virginia Beach this morning.  

The recent discussion on the Book Arts mailing list about sources of information for learning simple book repair on your own has got me thinking about when I was just learning about binding and how resources were few and far between. When I started learning binding and repair there weren’t any learning resources locally so I had to learn what I could from books. Lucklily I found that the few working binders that were in the area at the time were very nice and helpful. Unfortunately they were not offering any classes but were happy to take a little time out of their busy day to answer questions and chat about bookbinding. When I felt it was time for me to learn about leather binding I did seek out a professional who was willing to train me. Nothing compares to “hands on” instruction but if none is available in your area here is a list of books and resources to get you started.

The Indiana University library website with lots of good info and tutorials on simple book repairs.

The Alaska State Library offers a free PDF manual on book repair. Conservation Book Repair: A training manual by Artemis BonaDea

Here is a list of books that have instructions on basic repair.

The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New: A Simple Repair Manual for Book Lovers by Margot Rosenberg and Bern Marcowitz

Practical Guide to Book Repair and Conservation by Arthur W. Johnson

Book Repair: A How-To-Do-It Manual(How to Do It Manuals for Librarians) by Kenneth Lavender and Scott Stockton

The Care of Fine Books by Jan Greenfield

Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction by Aldren Watson

Basic Bookbinding by AW Lewis

The Craft of Bookbinding by Manly Bannister

Bookbinding & Conservation by Hand: A Working Guide by Laura S. Young

Bookbinding: The Classic Arts and Crafts Manual by Douglas Cockerell

Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique by Edith Diehl

Preservation of Library & Archival Materials: A Manual by Sherelyn Ogden

Cleaning, Repairing and Caring for Books: A Practical Manual by R. L. Shep

For information on repairing leather books, a book that is out of print but worth it if you can get a copy is The Restoration of Leather Bindings by Bernard Middleton

One of the best books for instructions on making protective boxes is

Boxes for the Protection of Rare Books: Their Design&Construction (LC publications on conservation of library materials) by Don Etherington

If you are a current member of The Guild of Bookworkers they have an extensive lending library with many books on repair.

DVD’s that would be helpful in learning repair are:

Restoring The 1819 Atlas Peter Goodwin

Repairing the ‘HUMBLE’ Paperback Peter Goodwin

Restoring the 1819 Atlas Peter Goodwin

Restoring the Family Bible Peter Goodwin

The Leather Bound Book Peter Goodwin

For supplies as well as books and free instructional videos on book repair, check out the SicPress.

There is also Talas in NYC and Bookmakers in Maryland for general bookbinding and repair supplies. In the UK check out J. Hewit & Sons.

As always you can find a wealth of information on book repair and binding over at The Book Arts Web. 

I’m sure I’ve left out many other good resources. If you know of any, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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