Chicago: Inland Printer, 1924,
Revised edition. octavo, green cloth. 425 pp. Inland Printer, Item #32721
Two color plates of marbled edges to text blocks and one tipped in sample of binding cloth stamped in gilt. Revised edition of Bookbinding and Its Auxiliary Branches which was published in 1914 and was the first book on mechanized bookbinding. "Like the first edition, Pleger included illustrations and discussions of all the latest machinery, including folding and gathering machines, stitching machines, a covering machine, an end-sheet stripping machine, Smyth sewing machines, rounding and backing machines, board cutters, a board beveling machine, a headbanding-lining machine, case-making machines, cloth-cutting machines, and a casing-in machine. Many of the images of machines from the first edition were updated with the latest models. In the section on stamping Pleger included a full page cloth example of extensive gold stamping into cloth. Toward the end of the book he described and illustrated a new "edge-decorating machine" that enabled the printing of designs rapidly on book edges, as a mechanized substitute for marbled edges. Like in the first edition Pleger included some basic information on tooling of leather with individual hand-tools, but he also provided examples of metal plates that could be used to stamp designs into covers using stamping presses." Jeremy Norman, History of Informaiton. A fine, clean copy.