Best books about the art and history of bookbinding and book arts

Best books about the art and history of bookbinding and book arts

If you are interested in the art and history of bookbinding and book arts, there are several books that offer a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. From practical handbooks to comprehensive histories, these books cover a range of topics and techniques, providing valuable resources for bookbinders, book artists, and anyone who loves books.

The Craft of Bookbinding: A Practical Handbook

Written by Manly Banister, this comprehensive guide offers a thorough introduction to the art of bookbinding, including traditional techniques, materials, and tools, making it a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced bookbinders.

Books, Boxes & Portfolios: Binding, Construct and Design, Step-By-Step

Authored by Franz Zeier, this book provides step-by-step instructions on creating a variety of bookbinding projects, including traditional book structures, boxes, and portfolios, accompanied by illustrations and photographs.

The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures

In this book, Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol share their expertise in creating unique book structures and paper folding techniques, offering guidance and inspiration for artists, designers, and book lovers.

Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction

Written by Aldren A. Watson, this manual provides detailed instructions on hand bookbinding, covering various binding styles, tools, and materials, as well as historical background and practical advice for preserving and repairing books.

The Bonefolder: An E-Journal for the Bookbinder and Book Artist

Published from 2004 to 2012, this online journal offers a wealth of information on various aspects of bookbinding and book arts, including articles, tutorials, and exhibition reviews, making it a valuable resource for bookbinders and book artists.

The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques

Edited by Jane LaFerla and Veronika Alice Gunter, this book features contributions from master book artists who have taught at the Penland School of Crafts, offering instructions and inspiration for creating unique books and paper structures.

The Art of the Book: From Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel

Edited by James Bettley, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the history and art of the book, exploring the evolution of bookbinding, illustration, and typography from medieval times to the present day.

The Thames and Hudson Manual of Bookbinding

Authored by Arthur W. Johnson, this manual is a comprehensive guide to the techniques and materials used in hand bookbinding, providing detailed instructions and illustrations for a variety of binding styles and structures.

The History of the Book in 100 Books: The Complete Story, From Egypt to E-Book

Written by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad, this book traces the history of the book through 100 key milestones, examining the evolution of bookbinding, printing, illustration, and typography.

Fine Bookbinding: A Technical Guide

Authored by Jen Lindsay, this book provides an in-depth exploration of the techniques and materials used in fine bookbinding, offering practical advice and guidance for both beginners and experienced bookbinders.

Whether you are looking to learn new techniques, explore the history and evolution of bookbinding, or simply admire the beauty of handmade books, these books are sure to offer something for everyone. So why not pick up a copy today and discover the fascinating world of bookbinding and book arts?

More Books