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Book Arts Collection

A guide to discovering artists' books in the Book Arts Collection at Hill Memorial Library.

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Feeling inspired? Here you will find a selection of manuals and mock-ups to help you create your own artist's book! Some of these manuals are created by artists and might be artists' books themselves. And, some of these titles are available to check out at the Main Library.


Hanmer, Karen. Biblio Tech: Reverse Engineering Historical and Modern Binding Structures with a Focus on Board Attachment.
Glenview, Ill.: Karen Hanmer, 2013.
Z271 .H36 2013, Rare

Twelve binding models with leather and various papers and sewing supports, wooden boards, museum board. The models are based on Karen Hanmer's workshop "Biblio tech: reverse engineering historical and modern binding structures". The models remain uncovered and only partially completed so methods of board attachment, sewing, spine lining, and endsheet construction are visible. Each model measures approximately 13 x 9 x 1 cm.

Carbone, Denise. Observations on the Caterpillar Stitch. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Denise Carbone, 2007.
Z271. C37 2007, Rare

A manual of instruction for the caterpillar stitch (a decorative sewing technique that extends across the covers of a book) with several variations, displaying both the front and back of stitches in a sometimes humorous manner.


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