Ummm… …okay, that works I guess.
I was able to visit the famous Ludu Library and Archive, which is located in Mandalay, Myanmar. One of the library staff knew I was going to visiting, so he showed me this Burmese-language bookbinding manual when I arrived. You have no idea how excited I was to look through this book!
Making models of various board attachment styles. These are models of a Medieval style binding with packed sewing on double cord supports laced into poplar wood boards, and an Ethiopian style binding with cedar wood boards.
Let’s just say that this book was not found in Mr Royce’s library.
1936. Book Repairs at the Urbana Free Library Works Progress Administration Photographic File. Pictures from the Urbana Daily Courier, Champaign County Historical Archives, Urbana Free Library. [x]
I love the gilder using his hair to get just enough grease to help pick up the sheets of gold leaf from his book of gold leaf sheets. Edit: I have been corrected! The gilder is actually using static electricity, not grease, from his hair to help grab the sheet of gold leaf. Thank you, […]
Back in 1977, one of our library staff literally stapled some replacement pages into this book. It got the job done, but the results are not that ideal, as it makes it hard to read those pages and could tear the original pages they are stapled to. But this was way before my library had […]
I just think this binding is the cutest little thing, what with its combination of floral paste paper and marbled paper. I also miiiiiight have said, “Oh! aren’t you the cutest little thing! Yes you are!” aloud when I was in our special collections reading room.
This binding has had a rough life. The leather was originally white, as you can see in this corner that used to be protected by a metal corner boss.
This is why I can’t stop giggling while working on this 18th century herbal.