Publications  |  BOOKBINDER

 

Published annually and distributed free to members, BOOKBINDER is the society's flagship journal. First produced in 1987, it features articles on a wide range of topics. As well as the many practical, artistic and historical aspects of bookbinding, other book- and binding-related subjects are also covered.

BOOKBINDER also regularly contains step-by-step, picture-based tutorials as well as contributions by – or about – some of our most renowned and respected binders.

Several recent bindings by SoB members are featured in each issue and, every other year, the journal includes a comprehensive review of the society's International Bookbinding Competition.

Back issues of those volumes still in print are available from our online shop.

If you would like to submit an article, please contact the editors:
bb.editor @ societyofbookbinders.com

VOLUME 1: 1987

Michael Duckworth: John Leslie Coleman F.R.S.A.
Mirjam M. Foot: Preserving Books and Their History
Donald Gubbins: Domesday Rebound 1986
George Barlee: Alum Tawed Leathers: A Reappraisal
William Bull: Rebinding Islamic Manuscripts: A New Direction
John Morris: Wheels and Herringbones: Some Scottish Bindings 1678-1773
Willem P. Visscher: Parchment, Vellum and William Cowley

Editor: William Bull

VOLUME 2: 1988

Frank Broomhead: Profile: Bernard Chester Middleton M.B.E.
Tanya Schmoller: Collecting Decorated Papers
Derek Allen: The Book Wonderful: The Great Omar
B. Haines & C. Calnan: The Development of a Stable Binding Leather
William Bull: A Photograph Album
Barry Sitch: From Gold Leaf to Holograms: gold leaf production
Sandy Cole: The Permanence of Paper
J. Brian Edwards: Looking Back
Bernard C. Middleton: Obituary: Sidney Morris Cockerell O.B.E.

Editor: William Bull

VOLUME 3: 1989

John L. Coleman: Profile: John Edward McIntyre F.S.O.B.B.R.
James Brockman: One Kind of Training: recollections
Richard Hills: Paper for Books, Advances and Disasters
Michael Wilcox: Making Cloisonné-style Blocks and Finishing Tools
Silim Quraishi: A Survey of the Development of Papermaking in Islamic Countries
Rolando Biondi: An Alternative Method for Re-attaching Boards to a Bookblock
Graham Day: Abri: The Mysterious Art of Paper Marbling
Jack C. Thompson: Technology of the Medieval Book: Hog Bristles, Needles & Wooden Boards

Editor: William Bull

VOLUME 4: 1990

Trevor Jones: Getting Down To It - Binding a Miniature Book
Michael Duckworth: 'For the Encouragement of Learning': the binding of...
Philip Smith: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville: the binding of...
Dorothy Smith: Letter from Prague: visit to a Book Arts Conference in Czechoslovakia
Sam Ellenport: The New Craftsmen: address to bookbinding students, 1937
Ron Clarke: Members' Portfolios

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 5: 1991

Brian Chipperfield: Binding by Design
Michael Duckworth: Simple Deacidification
Derek Nuttal: Growth of the Bookbinding Trade in Cheshire
Philip Smith: The Binding of 'King Lear'
John C. Vivian: Some Notes on the Traditions of Gold Tooling
Derek Beck: Designing to Some Purpose: bookbinding equipment
Jill Scott: The Evolution of a bookbinder: (Paul C. Delrue)
John Mitchell: Restoration of Leather Bindings

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 6: 1992

Chris Mackinven: Profile of Tom Valentine
Trevor Jones: Starch-grain Decorated Papers for Bookbinding
Bernard C. Middleton: Blunders and Set-backs
Vivian Taylor: The Development of Cloth as a Binding Material
John Mitchell: Basic Edge Colouring
Richard Norman: The Restoration of a Papier Maché Binding
John Coleman: The Trials and Tribulations of a Bookbinder
Chris Laver: One Eye Over My Shoulder: archival handmade paper

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 7: 1993

George Barlee: A Profile
Ann Muir: Marbling: Dots with a Little Dash
Jeff Clements: Time Was, Time Is: recollections and thoughts on design
R. J. Barlee: Aluminium and Semi-Aluminium Tannages
Frank Hippman: Book Review: A Craftsman's Guide to Edge Decoration
Philip Smith: Some Lateral Thinking on Book Structure
Anne M. Gundersen: Clasps applied - Changes Through Time and Cultural Sphere
John Mitchell: Blocking

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 8: 1994

Mel Jefferson: The Binding of the Beast: (Bestiary)
Nick Cowlishaw: An Alternative Approach to Vellum Binding
Jill Sellars: Finding a Voice: interview with Paul C. Delrue
Arthur W. Johnson: Ways and Means: leather joints & doublures
Jan Sabota & Jarmila Sobotova: A Bookbinding Odyssey
Eric Burdett: Thomas Harrison - Master Craftsman 1876-1955
Nolan Watts: Preserving Skills for Future Generations
Anthony Dowd: The Binder and the Private Press in 20th Century Britain

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 9: 1995

Ron Clarke: An Amateur Bookbinder's Tale
Tony Ward: An Introduction to Bound Account Books
Arthur W. Johnson: Paper: - Some of its Varieties
Rodney Hobbs: Univ. of Birmingham Library New Bindery & Conservation Unit
Sif Dagmar Dornheim: Songs, Poems and Miscellanea in the Bookbinding Trade
Robert Sheehy: The Re-attachment of Covers on Tight-Back Bindings
John Mitchell - A Profile
Frank Hippman: The History of the Society of Bookbinders
Jill Sellars: 1995 Competition
A Passion for Bookbinding - Maureen Duke: profile
Chris Laver-Gibbs: British 19th Century Papers
Maureen Duke: The Romanian Enterprise: teaching expedition

Editors: Liz Anderton & Dermott Creece

VOLUME 10: 1996

John Mitchell: The Need for Education in Bookbinding
J. Rosemary Greager: There's a Book in There Somewhere: books with paintings
Maureen Duke: Are You Working Comfortably?: bindery ergonomics
Sif Dagmar Dornheim: The Bookbinders' Half-Hour Tea Strike, 1806
Sally Martin: Bookbinding Equipment
John Allison: Cuir-Ciselé
David and Jill Sellars: Countdown to Booker: presentation binding against the clock
Edmund King: Victorian Books with Decorated Cloth Covers

Editors: Liz Anderton & Dermott Creece

VOLUME 11: 1997

Tony Ward: Profile of our New Chairman
Malcolm Lamb: Thank you, Nigeria
Maureen Duke & Gina Isaac: Gina Isaac in Conversation with Maureen Duke
Peter Corley: Bindings in the Emery Walker Library
John Orr: New Techniques with Wooden Boards: The Binding of St. Matheu
R. E. Childs: Effects of Fungal Attack & Insect Pests on Archive Collections
Roger J. Trise: 'For the Love of the Binding': Samuel Pepys on books
Jill Sellars: The Society of Bookbinders Competition, 1997
Victoria Hall: A Marbler's Journey: marbling conference, Istanbul, 1997

Editors: Liz Anderton & Dermott Creece

VOLUME 12: 1998

Mark Cockram: Studio Livre, Jinbochou, Tokyo
Keith Clayton: SoB: On Line: the Society's website
Gene Mahon: K-118: flexible binding structure
Nicholas Spencer: The Bindery At Quarr Abbey
Mel Jefferson: In Conservation with Jim Brockman:interview
John van Oosterom: Hand Papermaking
Mel Jefferson: A (Book) Buring Question: thoughts on a merger with DBs
Paul C. Delrue: The Binding of The Book of Jonah: day-by-day account
Julian Thomas: On the Edge: step-by-step edge gilding
Anthony Cains: Apollo & Pegasus: a recently discovered Medallion Binding

Editor: Mel Jefferson

VOLUME 13: 1999

Mel Jefferson: Hands On: an interview with Gavin Rookledge
Maureen Watry: Hidden Treasurers: Liverpool University's Special Collections
Geoff Brown: A Week in the Life of a Bindery
Mike Duckworth: Like Topsy, It Grew!: The Society's first 25 years
Rob Shepherd: Lost at Sea: colourizing The Great Omar
J. Brian Edwards: Jubilee Bookbinding Competition, 1999
Mel Jefferson: Mind Over Matter: an interview with Philip Smith
Owen Bradford: Welcome to the Future: mechanized journal binding
Arthur Johnson: Top Tips: bookbinding gadgets
J. Brian Edwards: Bookbinding in Georgian & Victorian Bath
Tony Bish: Bits & Pieces: conservation in Jerusalem
Terry Buckley: Saint Jean-de-Luz/LCP: trip to a French exhibition/competition

Editor: Mel Jefferson

VOLUME 14: 2000

Mark Ramsden: The Binding of The Ancient Mariner
Gerald Nason: Yes, But Is It Bookbinding?: take your Sellotape, Tippex & some coffee…
John Gardner: An Apprenticeship Remembered
Mark Pinney & Bex Marriott: Change or Decay?: a review of bookbinding education
Julian Thomas: Hidden Treasurers: fine bindings from the National Library of Wales
Mel Jefferson: The Quiet One: an interview with Flora Ginn
Bernard Middleton MBE: bcm@rit: a library transplanted
Carmencho Arregui: The Label Binding: a simple, non-adhesive flexible structure
John Mitchell: Chalk & Cheese: two very different binding styles
Jim Brockman: Rigid Flexibility: The Concave Spine binding structure

Editor: Mel Jefferson

VOLUME 15: 2001

Flora Ginn: A Patron's Portrait: a sketch of the man behind the reputation
J. Brian Edwards: The Cambridge Panel: the judges' verdict at Homerton College 2001
Jozsef Sisitka: Water Resistant: a papermill on the river Thames
Dominic Wall: An Introduction to Parchment: just what is parchment?
David Grange: Time Honoured: a traditional Book of Hours for the 21st Century
Alan Gardiner: The Belgian Experience: training across the Channel
Glenn Bartley: Dyeing Art: airbrushing on vellum - an expert reveals all
Mel Jefferson: Jones the Book: an interview with Trevor Jones
Arthur W. Johnson: The Teacher's Tale: adventures along the way

Editors: Isabel Clark & Alan Isaac

VOLUME 16: 2002

Anthony Dowd: Collecting Modern Bindings: public/private initiative at John Rylands Library
Philippa Marks: Binders and Keepers: an insider's view on binding at the BL
Trevor Lloyd: Cast in Brass: finishing tools made by ABS
J. Brockman & G. Cumming: Education & Training: the search for a way forward
Esther Potter: Good Book Binders: nineteenth century bible bindings
Clive Hurst: 'Wonderful Things': bindings from the Bod
Alan Isaac: Making Good: an interview with Trevor Lloyd
Ann Websper: Aya Nishio - an Appreciation: an insight into a promising talent form Japan

Editors: Isabel Clark & Alan Isaac

VOLUME 17: 2003

various: William Matthews: master craftsman
Pascal Fulacher: Bookbinding Schools in France: stability & diversity
Hidden Treasures from the Royal Collection
John Westwood: Designing for the Folio Society: blocking on publishers' cloth cases
Stuart Brockman: Competition 2003: a report from The organiser
Christine Gibbs: Colouring Paper: some methods used during the late 19th & 20th Century
James Brockman: The Silver Kelmscott Chaucer: the bookbinder's tale
George Davidson: Adhesives: getting to grips with the technology
Sabine Pierard: Eryldene: bookbinding exhibition in Sidney, 2003
Arthur W. Johnson: Linings & Warpings: to withstand the test of time
Martin Andrews: The Book Designs of Robert Gibbings
Roy Thomson: Towards a Longer Lasting Leather: a summary of the CRAFT leather project

Editors: Isabel Clark & Trevor Lloyd

VOLUME 18: 2004

Trevor Lloyd: Tools from Toowoomba: binding tools & equipment by Frank Weisner
Tony Clark: Sew?: a short history of 'perfect' binding
Victoria Hall: Classic Marbles: identification & appreciation
Alan Isaac: Dutch Gilding: an interview with Geert van Daal
Arthur W. Johnson: Let's Get Practical #1: blind tooling
Stephen Thompsom: Family Fortunes: papermaking in the Eden valley
Arthur W. Johnson: Let's Get Practical #2: doublures
David Penton: Bookbinding in Delhi: a subcontinental odyssey
Dominic Riley & John DeMerritt: Factory Manoeuvres: trade binding in London, 1780-1850
Barry McKay: Foxe's Book of Martyrs: a history

Editors: Isabel Clark & Trevor Lloyd

VOLUME 19: 2005

Alex McGuckin: Michael Wilcox & Courtland Benson: two very different Canadian binders
Arthur W. Johnson: Working with Vellum:…without crossing your fingers
Stuart Brockman: SoB International Competition 2005: a review
Nick Cowlishaw: Making a Chemise & Slipcase: step by step illustrated tutorial
Tim Gulliford: Bound by Alvah Cook: a mysterious binder from Bath
Jon Gilbert: The Question of the Cosway Binding: …and the answer
Richard Smart: The Seventh Book of Remembrance: lest we forget
Dominic Riley: Wooden Boarded Binding Structures : a brief historical outline

Editors: Isabel Clark & Trevor Lloyd

VOLUME 20: 2006

Karen Vidler: What's the Damage?: leather deterioration
Dominic Riley: The Millimetre Binding: step-by-step tutorial
David Hollin: Cockerell Papers: a marbler at work
Pamela Birch: Treasure Islands: Gavin Rookledge, commissioned
Alex McGuckin: Northampton Bound: the story of Birdsall & Son
David Penton: When is a Book Not a Book: when it's a sculpture
Alan Isaac: Cottage Industry: interview with Daphne Beaumont Wright
Trevor Lloyd: The Pull-Apart Case: step by step illustrated tutorial
Pamela Birch & Blake Smith: Index to Vols. 1-20

Editors: Trevor Lloyd & Gordon Hartley

VOLUME 21: 2007

Gordon Hartley: Complete Yorkshire: step-by-step edge gilding with Bob Holroyd
David Pearson: Common or Garden: in praise of 'ordinary' bindings
Yvette Fletcher: Skin Care: The Leather Conservation Centre
Stuart Brockman: SoB International Competition 2007: review & winning bindings
Dominic Riley: London Strife: the 1786 bookbinding strike
David Penton: A Matter of Opinion: Mark Cockram - a profile

Editors: Trevor Lloyd & Gordon Hartley

VOLUME 22: 2008

Graham Moss: Ann Muir 1939-2008: an obituary
Mel Jefferson: Bookbiker: an interview with Glenn Bartley
Alfref H Shorter: Paper Making & Water Paper Mills in England: a brief history
Wesley Baker: Clamming up: step-by-step boxmaking
David Penton: Easy on the Fevicol!: bookbinding tuition in India
Sonja Schwoll: Sorting the Inside Out: paper repair for bookbinders
Alan Fitch: Jemima: a binding by Gavin Rookledge
Pamela Birch: Cover Story: bookbinding exhibition in Northampton

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 23: 2009

Gene Riley: A Tale of Four Halves: Mary Cartwright, lady bookbinder
Ian Andrews: Pattern Recognition: determining age via design
Doug Rice: Master Classes: binders from the Central School
Sayaka Fukuda: Japanese Lacquered Albums: their heritage, problems & repair
Stuart Brockman: SoB International Competition 2009: all the winners from Warwick
Dave Perry: It's a Fine Line: tooling à la Cobden-Sanderson
Sam Ellenport: A Bookbinding Anomaly: linked-spine designs
Richard Aitken: Book of the Dyeing: ledger conservation

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 24: 2010

Paul S. Smith: In the Gothic Mould: one man's papier maché…
Robert Hamer: Jigs & Theses: double-fanned adhesive binding
Chris Calver: Anthony Gardner OBE: a report from our private detective
Stuart Brockman: Collaboration: the binding of the Highgrove Florilegium
Kathy Abbott: Binder's Choice: bindings by Tomorrow's Past
Nick Cowlishaw: The Cambridge Panel: don't throw that old toothbrush away!
Alan Fitch: Hebridean Colours: an interview with Corinna Krause
Gene Riley: Squaring the Circle: emergency conservation in the field

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 25: 2011

Alan Fitch: Forwarded But Not Yet Finished: an interview with Julian Thomas MBE
Arthur Green: A Springback Stationery Binding: a step-by-step tutorial
Arthur Green & Hannah Brown: SoB International Competition 2011: review & prizewinners
Lester Capon: High Church: extreme conservation in Ethiopia
Samantha Elliot: The Vanishing Art of Fore-edge Painting: now you see it…
Ann Tomalak: Preserving Tomorrow's Past: conserving Edgar Mansfield's artwork
Raymond Bonnett: Foxing: to bleach or not to bleach…

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 26: 2012

Dominic Riley: Cloth Rebacking: step-by-step tutorial
Glenn Bartley with Trevor Lloyd & Mel Jefferson: The Russian Project: an Eastern (text) block
Stuart Southall: 10+1: a collector's choice
Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo: The Lamellae Binding: step-by-step tutorial
David Sellars: Mr Dickens' Drood: a tale of one binding
Antonio Vélez Celemin: Choose a Chameleon…: Spanish marbling
Alan Fitch: Forwarded But Not Yet Finished #2: an interview with Alan Wood

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 27: 2013

Trevor Lloyd: In The Round: centrifugal casting of finishing tools by Stewart Field
Mark Harrison: Titling by Hand with Gold Leaf: step-by-step for beginners
Hannah Brown & Arthur Green: SoB International Competition 2013: review & prizewinners
John Burton: Boxer Rebellion: the container as sculpture
Sayaka Fukuda: Japanese Papermaking in Kochi: a brief history & current practices
Alex McGuckin: The Anatomy of a Book: a (miniature) bindery in a box
Anne Roberts: A Time to Print and a Time to Bind: an interview with Alan Fitch

Editor: Anne Roberts

VOLUME 28: 2014

Hannah Brown: Mayflies of the Driftless Region: how to embroider on leather
Richard Nichols: Case Studies in Conservation: working in the book's best interests
Philippa Räder: A Royal Restoration: rebinding Audubon's big book
Anne Roberts: Binding Partnerships: an interview with Stuart & Louise Brockman
Tony Russ: The Cuir Ciselé Binding: stippling for beginners
Ian Andrews: Fans, Lace and Tulips: must-have gold designs
Sue Hufton: The Saint John's Bible Project: a calligrapher's pursuit of perfection

Editor: Anne Roberts

VOLUME 29: 2015

Dominic Riley: Let the Games Begin!: rebinding of a volume from 1636
Maureen Duke: Kalahari Kaskenades: recycling a discarded volume as an artist's book
Arthur Green & Hannah Brown: SoB International Competition 2015: review
Abigail Bainbridge: Protecting a Slim Volume: single section binding
Michael Kelly: The King's Grave: Richard III rebound
Isobel Griffin & Claire Thomson: Conservation of the Glenmasan Manuscript
Jan Zimmerlich: Woven Structure Binding
Anne Roberts: Keep at It Lass!: interview with Ann Tout

Editor: Anne Roberts

An index of volumes 1 – 20 of BOOKBINDER in PFD form can be viewed/downloaded here.