Monday, June 15, 2009

Hand Bookbindings

Based on an exhibition held at Princeton University's Firestone Library in 2003, the website "Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious" is an outstanding resource on the art of bookbinding and history of the book. Two-hundred and eleven exhibits, grouped in twenty-six categories, are available online. The website's introductory pages are dedicated to the subjects of materials, techniques and processes of bookbinding, including, for example, the use of clasps, furniture and blind tooling. Other sections present samples of Aldine, Italian, German, French and British bindings. Each of these sections are introduced by a short explanatory text.
Link: http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/hb/index.html
Access: Free