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Japanese stab binding (was Decorating pages?????)



Sam,

In a message dated 97-08-04 10:05:20 EDT, you write:

<< Ikegami emphasizes the need for the inner binding. I strongly recommend
 you follow these instructions. The inner binding is the real strength of
 the "stabbed" binding and it is omitted from western descriptions of the
 binding ... <snip>  Even Japanese binders began to omit the inner binding as
a corner to cut  when western machine binding began to encroach.  This
omission  will substantially shorten the life and compromise the integrity of
the book.  >>

I am curious as to what you think about folding the inner binding spine paper
over the head and foot of the text block.  Ikegami mentioned (doesn't he?)
that some traditional binders have abandoned this because it is a haven for
bugs.  Have you found this to be true?  Do you fold over the top, or allow it
to be open (as the pages are open)?

Beth
Tallahassee, Florida

Callibeth@aol.com


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