Friday, January 2, 2009

Book Binder

This picture was taken in 1900 and shows a young woman working as a Book Binder. Bookbinding is pretty much a lost art nowdays.

8 comments:

  1. I sure wish that the lost art of bookbinding would return. Most books that I have purchased in the past ten years are falling apart. Books that I have had since the seventies are still solid.

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  2. Both major university libraries in our town do extensive binding and binding repair. I suspect that this is true at all universities with large collections.

    -XC

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  3. Excelente. Felicitaciones. Es de lo mejor en fotografías. Sin fines comerciales la uso en mi blog. Gracias...

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  4. It's not a complete lost art though, my mother does it and the group she's in is quite large. I suppose a lot of people who collect older books, magazines or the likes would know a little of bookbinding to do some small repairs.

    It's a handy thing to know, that's for sure.

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  5. I have just discovered your blog, and added to my favourites.

    Good Work.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. What a beautiful young girl. I wonder about the working conditions and hours, though.

    Does anyone know about the Triangle Shirtwasit Fire?

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  7. I learned hand sewn bindings as a college student. That same week, I learned that an ancestor was a book binder in NYC around 1700. It sent chills down my spine, as I so loved making books and it seemed to come to me naturally. I look forward to the time when I can do it again.

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  8. Bookbinding is not a lost art, just neglected. You can all go to WNYBAC (on Mohawk & Washington St.)and take a class. I'll be teaching some workshops there soon, probably in the late winter/early spring. I love making books...and the tactile nature of them in general...something that needs to be experienced, not simply read.

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