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Re: PANEL BINDING
To my fellow bookbinders,
yes and no - actually what was ask for is the style of binding which came up
in the early 18th. and was mainly in use for an inexpensive way of creating
an halfleather or cloth binding.
The Term used for it is "angesetzte Deckel oder angesetzter Deckenband", as
the technik had been created in germany. In French we call it "collage de la
couverture" and it may translate to an english " hinged boards".
The spinepirce is covered and the material is as usuallly folded in at the
top and bottom. Then there is two ways to proceed.
I. The spine is then glued to the Textblock, the Textblock should have been
prepared with a musseline or shirting on the spine wgich covers the widht of
the spine, reaching from headband to headband in height, and extending ca.
2-3 cm or 3/4 inch to the sides of the Textblock,e.x. like a litte hinge
attached to the spine and being loose over your set of endpapers. Put a
samll strip of waste paper under each flap, apply glu to the top of the
hinge, take the spine piece and wrap it carefully around the spine, look for
the right position, and put it between board in the press.
The boards are cut and covered with material, alas only the side facing the
joint is folded in, this side is glued down on the flap of the spine, which
should be attached to the textblock, put it ditto in the press.
Then fold in the top and bottom foldins and the front foldin.
This creates the style, in which the spine material disapears under the
boards, the joints should be taken in the usual measure.
II. Version. prepare the spine and attache the boards outside the textblock,
basically like a coverbinding, except you have three loose pieces to work=
I use the technik especially if it is required by the artist that for
example each board and the spine show a differnt piece of artwork,
also like today there i bound a book which is 46 x 64 inches closed format.
Gebrochener R=DCCKEN describes a technik there the spine and the joints=
made from a piece of Tag board, and the boards attached.
The handmade german cover is a strip of schrenz, which is a cardboard up to
465 gr/m2, which is glued onto a strip of Kraftpaper. The Kraftpaper extends
ca. 4 cm or 2 inches to the left and right of the spine. Mark the joints and
glue your boards onto the Kraft, cover it with the choosen material.
Gebrochener R=DCcken saved one step in the work which makes quite a=
if you would know that in 1905 a german journeyman (trained bookbinder) was
paid by piecework in the Trade and was asked to make 95 Folio Covers
including covering them just to make basic hourly pay of 11 Pfennig. A glas
of Beer at that time was 4 Pfennig.
Bradel is someting different, as the textblock is backed and formed as for
the clssic french technik and the cover usually consists of one piece of
By the way,
i still have some of the Lithos leftover, which show the Inetrior of an
Bindery in the c. 1850, handlithograped in an limited Editon of 100 copies.
The image is 11 1/2 by 14 1/4 inches, printed in black on china paper which
itself is pasted to a sheet of german mouldmade Lithopaper, printed from the
original stone of the c. 1850 edition.
The copy is $ 75, and as some inquired, yes I do accept payments in three
installments. (Visa/MC/Amex accepted.)
For further inquiries or questions to the above mentioned descripton:
or 310-473-5874 Phone/Fax.
L.A. Book Arts, Inc. d.b.a. The Custom Bindery
Fine and rare books, Bookbinding, Bookdesign, Bookrestoration, Design;
Leather and Vellum Bindings, Gilded Edges, Marbled Papers, Classes.