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Bookbinding Teaching Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Syracuse University. -- Libraries. -- Special Collections Research Center.
Title: Bookbinding Teaching Collection
Inclusive Dates: 2019
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Teaching collection, with models and other materials for instruction on the history and techniques of book production.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book of codex format from an ordered stack of paper sheets. The codex form was developed around the first century AD by the Romans, superseding earlier formats such as the scroll, tablet, or concertina. A codex consists of folded written sheets ("quires") attached along one edge, and protected by some type of cover. At first quires were attached using a variety of sewing techniques; modern methods also include gluing, stapling, spiral binding and plastic comb binding. Before the widespread availability of paper, books were usually written on papyrus, vellum or parchment. Covers were originally of leather or wood (hence the term "boards" for a rigid cover) and were sometimes elaborately decorated with gold, silver, paint, and gems; modern book covers are typically of cardboard, fiberboard, or heavy glossy paper. The quality of book's paper and binding directly affect its cost; limited and special editions may have particularly ornate or unusual bindings.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bookbinding Teaching Collection contains models and other materials for instruction on the history and techniques of book production.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Biblio Tech.


Bookbinding -- History.
Bookbinding -- Specimens.
Bookbinding -- Study and teaching.

Genres and Forms

Models (representations)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Bookbinding Teaching Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2019.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 18 Sep 2019
Revision history:

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Oversize 1 Reverse Engineering Historical and Modern Binding Structures 2019
Set of 12 models produced by Biblio Tech. Set contains the following bindings: tacketed, Ethiopian, medieval, leather (fine), boarded, split board, simplified, German case, non-adhesive paper case, crossed structure, sewn boards, and scaleboard. There is also an informational booklet with explanations of each binding type, and a bibliography.

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