Historical Bindings Project: Alla Rustica

This is the fourth installment of my historical bindings project! Recently I finished the legatura alla rustica binding (or simply alla rustic). The other posts are: Nag Hammadi, Late Coptic binding, and Limp Vellum Binding. While waiting for the woodshop to open so we can cut the wood we need for other bindings (and a… Continue reading Historical Bindings Project: Alla Rustica

Historical Bindings Project: Limp Vellum Bindings

This is the third installment of my project on making models of historical book structures! The first was Nag Hammadi and the second was a late coptic codice. Working with Christopher Clarkson’s Limp Vellum Binding article we created a model of a limp vellum binding in medium and miniature! Limp vellum bindings were common in… Continue reading Historical Bindings Project: Limp Vellum Bindings

Historical Bindings Project: Late Coptic Codice

The second book in my historical models series is done (see the first model here)! This is a late Coptic codice. This binding dates from the 7th to 11th centuries. I based my covers off the Hamuli codices found in 1910 near Hamuli, Faiyum, Egypt. These original codices are part of the Pierpont Morgan Library… Continue reading Historical Bindings Project: Late Coptic Codice

Historical Bindings Project: Nag Hammadi Codice

Recently I’ve started on a project with my bookbinding teacher to go through and make models of historical bindings working our way up from the early scrolls to various medieval bindings. We are creating a “normal” size version of each and then preparing two miniature copies (one to keep and one to part with, probably).… Continue reading Historical Bindings Project: Nag Hammadi Codice

Models of Bookbinding Techniques: Sewing Structures

Earlier this year I took a class on sewing structures. In this course we made models for some different sewing types. It was really fun class and I enjoyed making the models and learning about the different types of sewing and the history! Below are my notes from the class and pictures of the models… Continue reading Models of Bookbinding Techniques: Sewing Structures