Advance Praise for the Second Edition
Comprehensive yet highly readable, wise yet witty, this guide should be on the shelf of every bibliophile and librarian interested in the care of books. Well illustrated, it is not simply a handbook on book surgery but an introduction to book anatomy and history as well.
Edward J. Valauskas
Curator of Rare Books, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden
This is an extremely valuable guide for non-specialists who may need to repair an occasional book or develop a modest binding and repair facility — but it is much more than that. It is an anatomy of books as physical objects with all their many sinews, organs, and protective layers. And above all, this work validates the love that many have for the book as artifact and the fact that these objects can be revered and preserved in an era in which too many materials are considered disposable.
Thomas Walker, Ph.D.
School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Here in clear English is detailed, practical, experience-based information on selecting and designing workshop space, assessing its capabilities and potential problems, practical solutions to common problems, selecting equipment, and thoughts on things one might not think about till it is too late. Definitely explains why James Towmey is a successful binder and why I've used him for years. Sharon McQueen's original text, now updated and refined by Twomey and McQueen, will satisfy the needs of the teacher and the practitioner.
Proprietor, The Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company, LLC
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