Karen Hanmer, “Biblio Tech: Reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures (with a focus on board attachment)”

Set of twelve binding models and descriptive booklet displayed outside clamshell box.

 

Set of binding models (nine of twelve visible) and descriptive booklet displayed inside clamshell box.

 

Set of binding models (eight of twelve visible) and descriptive booklet displayed inside clamshell box.

 

Sample page spreads from descriptive booklet for section on Leather Fine Binding, showing illustrations for endsheet construction, sewing pattern, opening action of tight joint, and references for further study.

 

Sample page spreads from descriptive booklet for section on Split Board Binding, showing illustrations for board construction, endsheet construction, opening action of joint with groove, and references for further study.

 

Artist: Karen Hanmer (Glenview, IL)

Title: Biblio Tech: Reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures (with a focus on board attachment)

Medium/technique(s): Various binding structures executed with paper-backed book cloths, archival-quality boards, and sewing supports of a variety of natural fibers. The wooden boards are cedar and birch, the leather is goatskin. The leathers and vellums are goat or calf.

Edition size: Open

Dimensions, open: 5″ x 3.25″ x 5″

Dimensions, closed: 11.25″ x 7.5″ x 3″

 

Artist Statement:

This reference set of twelve binding models remain uncovered and only partially completed so methods of board attachment, sewing, spine lining, and endsheet construction are visible.

The set is accompanied by a forty-five page illustrated booklet outlining key structural features of each binding, and providing numerous references for further study. The booklet is sewn in three signatures and presented in a paper wrapper.

These models are a valuable reference for book arts programs, or for anyone who is interested in learning more about the engineering aspects of the book.

Structures include:

  • Tacketing of a thick single signature into a leather wrapper
  • Ethiopian Binding
  • Medieval Binding
  • Laced-on boards Binding
  • Colonial American Scaleboard Binding
  • Early Nineteenth Century Publishers Boarded Binding
  • German Case Binding with double fan adhesive text block
  • Split Board Binding
  • Simplified Binding
  • Crossed Structure Binding
  • Sewn Boards Binding
  • Non-Adhesive Paper Case