B-75. American Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1800–1900 - Advance Reading List

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  • Recommended Reading:

    Allen, Sue. “Machine-Stamped Bookbindings, 1834–1860.” Antiques 115 (March 1979): 564–572; reprinted in Guild of Book Workers Journal 18 (1979–80): 1–23.

    Pickwoad, Nicholas. “Onward and Downward: How Binders Coped with the Printing Press before 1800.” In A Millennium of the Book: Production, Design, and Illustration in Manuscript and Print, 900–1900, edited by Robin Myers and Michael Harris, 61–106. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1994.

  • Suggested Reading

    Allen, Sue and Charles Gullans. Decorated Cloth in America: Publishers’ Bindings, 1840–1910. Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 1994.

    Ball, Douglas. Victorian Publishers’ Binding. Williamsburg, VA: Bookpress, 1985.

    Cataldo, Ashley. “A Swarm of Binders: Isaiah Thomas’s Bookbinding Network, 1782–1818.” In Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding, Volume 3, edited by Julia Miller, 196–263. Ann Arbor, MI: The Legacy Press, 2016. 

    Comparato, Frank E. Books for the Millions. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole, 1971.

    Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. London: Oxford University Press, 1972; corrected edition 1974; several times reprinted, most recently (2009) by Oak Knoll Press. Read pp. 146–153 (“Binding”) and 230–250 (“Edition Binding”).

    Gullans, Charles B. and John J. Espey. “American Trade Bindings and Their Designers 1880–1915.” In Collectible Books, edited by Jean Peters, 32–67. New York: Bowker, 1979.

    Miller, Julia. Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings. Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2010. Read Chapter 4, pp. 135–191.

    Morris, Ellen. The Art of Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1815–1915. Los Angeles: William Daley Rare Books, Ltd., [2000].

    Pickwoad, Nicholas. “The Origins and Development of Adhesive Case Bindings.” Jaarboek voor Nederlandse Boekgeschiedenis 19 (2012): 117–130.