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by J.A. Szirmai

In the past, studies of the history of bookbinding were mainly concerned with the exterior decoration. This book focuses attention primarily on the physical aspects of the binding and its construction principles. It is an expanded version of a series of lectures delivered by the author while Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 1987, supplemented with the results of ten years of intensive research in major libraries on the Continent, the United Kingdom and the USA. It surveys the evolution of binding structures from the introduction of the codex two thousand years ago to the close of the Middle Ages. Part I reviews the scanty physical evidence from the Mediterranean heritage, the early Coptic, Islamic and Ethiopian binding structures and their interrelation with those of the Byzantine realm. Part II is devoted to a detailed analysis of Western binding techniques, distinguishing the carolingian, romanesque and gothic wooden-board bindings as the main typological entities; their structure and function is compared with those of contemporary limp bindings. The book is illustrated with over 200 drawings and photographs and contains a comprehensive bibliography.
Download The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding epub
ISBN: 0859679047
ISBN13: 978-0859679046
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: J.A. Szirmai
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 28, 1999)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1935 kb
FB2 size: 1612 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 629
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A long transit time, but well worth the wait! Known as the bible of medieval bookbinding in some circles, this is an incredibly detailed account of books across the medieval era, broken down roughly by style and time period. While oftentimes dry in places, Szirmai gives exacting accounts of the construction of these books, down to the stitches used and percentages of books with x material instead of y for a given time frame. Peppered with closeups of extant examples, this book is simply a must-have for medieval bookbinding enthusiasts!

Note - I ordered from Blackwell's UK site, and the book arrived just as ordered. Considering hardbacks can run $200+, it is nice to see a paperback option!
I am a journeyman bookbinder and still have much to learn about the craft. This book provides a wealth of information for those who wish to restore or recreate bindings from the medieval period. The text is a scholarly treatment of the subject and so is rather ponderous at times, but well worth working through. I am glad to own this book!
Very nice, very comprehensive. Was recommended by a medieval bookbinding guild as one of the best for the specifics of the trade.
excellent publication - highly informative.
A scholarly study of medieval bookbindings filled with new information as well as references to previous studies on the subject both successful and unsuccessful in the light of modern research. The truly magnificent aspect of the book, however, is it's illustrations. Close up photos and detailed drawings of bindings, sewings, endbands, etc make this book a must-have for binders interested in recreating historically accurate books of this time period as well as for those fascinated by the subject in and of itself.
Histories of bookbinding almost all concentrate on the outward appearance and decoration, and ignore the construction of the book.

This is a great exception.

It is a very well written history of the early book from the very earliest codex forms, extremely well illustrated through photographs and beautifully readable structural diagrams.

Not a detailed manual for the beginner, but full of concepts and challenges for those with intermediate skills in book construction, and extended time to read it in digestible chunks.