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Early 18th Century English Binding

Anyone who does any amount of repair work has seen something like this many times but I am always pleased to see one again because much can be learned from its success and failures. The spine leather and paste have … Continue reading

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Now That New Years Is Safely Past

I really am going to work at maintaining this blog. My problem is that I never much like my work and even more rarely think I have anything of import or interest to say. Blame that on Soetsu Yanagi whose … Continue reading

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And again.

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I just wanted to make something pretty.

Gilt Harmatan goatskin spine with boards of eggshell, 24k gold leaf, and Japanese lacquer colored with Kremer Pigments’ Maya Blue over Swiss blue board. I hope that everyone knows of them but in case you don’t Kremer is the McMaster … Continue reading

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Jeweled Binding

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Perfection

I think this figure drawing, the work of the Colmar Painter and dated to 510 BC, is absolutely perfect.  The tondo is from the interior of an Archaic Greek kylix, a drinking cup, which is in the care of the … Continue reading

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I have been asked why I reference Kinder’s FORMULAS FOR BOOKBINDERS of 1904 rather than his THE WHISPER of 1901-02, in which Kinder first published many of his formulas, and the answer is simple: FORMULAS is available free as a … Continue reading

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The Higher Naivete

Yale University’s Prof. Donald Kagan, in his Introduction to Ancient Greek History (available here   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FrHGAd_yto ), also introduced me to the concept of the Higher Naivete. In brief Prof. Kagan explains that a scholar, when beginning a discipline and … Continue reading

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