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 Google Books download whereas THE WHISPER is not.

For a time Kirtas Books made available a digital download of THE WHISPER from the set held by the Rochester Institute of Technology in their Bernard Middleton Collection but alas no more.

Unfortunately  THE WHISPER is rather rare and a good set will likely set you back by at least $1000 from any dealer who knows what they have. Given their rarity it seems needlessly perverse to reference them when FORMULAS is so readily available.

One further note: I have become distracted by an attempt to trace all early references to Shellac Glaire. It has become such a staple in craft binderies that I was surprised by how little information on its origins is available. Most modern references date its introduction to the early 20th century while largely ignoring Kinder’s contribution.

I want to propose that Kinder should be credited with the invention or rather adaptation of a water based solution of shellac as a glaire for tooling and stamping and to argue that his adaptation arose from Kinder’s recognition that some recently made book cloths could be successfully gold stamped without the use of an applied glaire.

How I arrived there will be detailed in future posts.

Next up the three basic glaires preferred by Kinder and my promotion of a fourth.



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