Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding. Volume 1.
MILLER, Julia, editor.
Ann Arbor: Legacy Press, 2013,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 534 pp. Legacy Press, Item #22839
Nine authors writing on nine topics. This collection of essays, published as the first volume of a series of studies on the history of bookbinding, sets a high standard for interesting and groundbreaking scholarship in the history of the book. Fully illustrated in color images, with additional images on accompanying DVD. Evyn Kropf, "Historical Repair, Recycling, and Recovering Phenomena in the Islamic Bindings of the University of Michigan Library: Exploring the Codicological Evidence"; Sylvie L. Merian, "Protection against the Evil Eye? Votive Offerings on Armenian Manuscript Bindings"; Consuela G. Metzger, "Colonial Blankbooks in the Winterthur Library"; Robert J. Milevski, "A Primer on Signed Bindings"; Julia Miller, "Not Just Another Beautiful Book: A Typology of American Scaleboard Bindings"; Jeffrey S. Peachey, "Beating, Rolling, and Pressing: The Compression of Signatures in Bookbinding Prior to Sewing"; Martha E. Romero, "European Influence in the Binding of Mexican Printed Books of the Sixteenth Century"; Jennifer W. Rosner, "Papier-Mâché Bindings: 'Shining in Black and Gorgeous with Pearl and Gold'”; John Townsend, "The 1715 Mohawk Prayer Book: A Study of Six Copies in Colonial American Scaleboard Bindings." New.