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Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions From A Master Craftsman

by Kojiro Ikegami

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A third-generation traditional bookbinder gives easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major, historically important styles of Japanese bindings as well as traditional book cases--the custom-made folding boxes that afford handsome protection for Japan's exquisite books. The authoritative text, written by one of Japan's leading professional bookbinders, has been fully adapted for Western readers. Both American and Japanese suppliers of traditional tools and materials are provided and substitutes are recommended for items not readily available. For centuries the West has admired Japanese books, but only now can we make them ourselves and take full advantage of their creative possibilities. Stunning and practical, these bindings are ideal for preserving calligraphy, letters, artwork, and poems, for adding a distinctive touch to limited-edition books, and for use as diaries or gifts.… (more)
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For those more accustomed to western (hardback/perfect) styles, Japanese bookbinding can at first look cheap and nasty. However, it is a valuable adjunct to the craft, and can make absolutely beautiful, hardwearing, amazing, books.

Pro: Clear diagrams, descriptions, and photographs almost obviate the need for text, but don't let them tempt you into skipping the text! This little book holds a wealth of information.

Con: There are a few problems in the translation in spots - suppliers for example (as normal) are outdated, and the imperials/metric suggestions for measurements instead of the traditional Japanese ones are slightly fudged, but that's nitpicking. You can use these techniques, quite well, with ordinary (and extraordinary!) papers as well as the washi paper the book refers to, so don't be frightened off by that either.

If you love books and bookmaking, find a copy. ( )
  RSard | Oct 7, 2009 |
Excellent manual for learning Japanese bookbinding techniques. The descriptions are clear, as are the diagrams and photographs. Included are a bibliography, a list of suppliers (though this is somewhat outdated) and a glossary. Highly recommended.
  lilithcat | Nov 3, 2005 |
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A third-generation traditional bookbinder gives easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major, historically important styles of Japanese bindings as well as traditional book cases--the custom-made folding boxes that afford handsome protection for Japan's exquisite books. The authoritative text, written by one of Japan's leading professional bookbinders, has been fully adapted for Western readers. Both American and Japanese suppliers of traditional tools and materials are provided and substitutes are recommended for items not readily available. For centuries the West has admired Japanese books, but only now can we make them ourselves and take full advantage of their creative possibilities. Stunning and practical, these bindings are ideal for preserving calligraphy, letters, artwork, and poems, for adding a distinctive touch to limited-edition books, and for use as diaries or gifts.

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