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ABC of Bookbinding: A Unique Glossary with Over 700 Illustrations for Collectors and Librarians

Jane Greenfield

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ISBN 10: 1884718418 / ISBN 13: 9781884718410
Published by Oak Knoll Press/The Plough Press, New Castle, DE/Nottingham, UK, 2007
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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maroon cloth, hard cover in dust jacket., no flaws - clean, no markings of any sort. strong binding. an unused copy.; xi-184pp., illustrated throughout with the authors line drawings. a most useful reference on the language of bookbinding, tools, techniques, and materials. first published in 1998. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 17621

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Title: ABC of Bookbinding: A Unique Glossary with ...

Publisher: Oak Knoll Press/The Plough Press, New Castle, DE/Nottingham, UK

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Jane Greenfield

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: Later Printing.

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Reprint of the first edition of 1997. For the first time, Jane Greenfield has provided a unique glossary of terms, styles, structures, and names related to conservation and bookbinding through the ages illustrated with over 700 line drawings. Locating accurate descriptions of bookbindings from various periods has previously been frustrating for those who work with rare and antiquarian books, especially conservators, librarians, book collectors and antiquarian book specialists. However, this frustration will abate as Greenfield's work takes place alongside John Carter's ABC For Book Collectors as well as Don Etherington's and Matt T. Roberts' Bookbinding and Conservation of Books. Ms. Greenfield, a master in the field of bookbinding and conservation, examines the book's development from the earliest periods and in different places. She has provided names and drawings for almost every conceivable part of the book as well as a multitude of styles, bindings, and decorations. She literally takes apart the structure of the book and illustrates the many and varied facets and definitions that clearly outline the historical development of the book's structures and styles.

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Jane Greenfield's ABC of Bookbinding is a work long overdue. As a major illustrated glossary in the field of bookbinding, it provides a unique outline of the physical book and a concise look at the book's development over the centuries. More than a thousand binding-related words and seven hundred drawings are included in the glossary for every conceivable part of the book. This is the first time such succinct definitions and so many illustrations are coupled with clear outlines of the various periods in the historical development of book structure and style. Nowhere else is there such a unique combination of information available for student or collector who seeks to answer precise questions on bookbinding terminology. ABC of Bookbinding belongs on the reference shelf of every bibliophile, librarian, book conservator, collector, and binder interested in the book arts. (81/4 X 111/4, 204 pages, illustrations)

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