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. The essays included are: Evyn Kropf writing on Historical Repair, Recycling, and Recovering Phenomena in the Islamic Bindings of the University of Michigan Library: Exploring the Codicological Evidence; "Protection against the Evil Eye? Votive Offerings on Armenian Manuscript Bindings"; Consuela G. Metzger on Colonial Blankbooks in the Winterthur Library; A Primer on Signed Bindingsby Robert J. Milevski; Julia Miller on Not Just Another Beautiful Book: A Typology of American Scaleboard Bindings; Jeffrey S. Peachey on Beating, Rolling, and Pressing: The Compression of Signatures in Bookbinding Prior to Sewing; European Influence in the Binding of Mexican Printed Books of the Sixteenth Century by Martha E. Romero; Jennifer W. Rosner on Papier-Mâché Bindings: "Shining in Black and Gorgeous with Peal and Gold"; John Townsend writing on The 1715 Mohawk Prayer Book: A Study of Six Copies in Colonial American Scaleboard Bindings. Illustrated with 485 images in text, full color, with additional images on DVD. New.