BOOKS WILL SPEAK PLAIN: A HANDBOOK FOR IDENTIFYING AND DESCRIBING HISTORICAL BINDINGS.

  • Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2010.
  • 8vo
  • cloth, dust jacket
  • 528 pages, 374 illustrations
  • ISBN 9780979797439 / Order Nr. 106900
  • Price: $80.00  other currencies
BOOKS WILL SPEAK PLAIN: A HANDBOOK FOR IDENTIFYING AND DESCRIBING HISTORICAL BINDINGS

Books Will Speak Plain is published at a time when the historical book is at risk of being ignored, put away, and forgotten. This handbook combines an overview of the history of the codex with basic information about many of the materials and structures found on historical bindings. The book also includes description-survey guidelines and is supported by a variety of appendices. The book's focus on primarily non-luxury bindings adds depth to an often-neglected segment of the history of bookbinding.
Preservation is at the heart of Books Will Speak Plain. We have already lost too many historical bindings because their importance was not understood and appreciated. This book is a call to action to urge custodians of every kind of historical book collection, public, and private, to assess the physical character of the historical bindings in their care and record the changes that have accrued to those bindings during their passage through time.
This book is a resource that can be used to recognize binding variations that have long been overlooked and to document such bindings for future scholars. All bibliophiles, including book-binders, curators, private collectors, librarians, catalogers, antiquarian book-sellers, scholars of the book, and conservators, will find this an invaluable reference. Books Will Speak Plain is also a useful textbook for students enrolled in academic courses in the history of the book and book conservation, and in practical bookbinding. Photography: J. Wayne Jones - Drawings: Pamela Spitzmueller.