This is a book aimed at the more general craft end of the market than the specialist fine binder. However, it offers a good introduction to what can be done and the basic techniques required.
The layout takes the form of a series of projects which are fully illustrated with colour photographs and complemented by short captions which explain what’s going on. This is a style followed by a great many general craft books and it serves the subject well, being both attractive to look at and easy to follow with no unnecessary complications.
After a brief but well presented run-down of the tools required, the author introduces techniques such as sewing, gluing, cutting and folding which are at the heart of bookbinding and he includes a series of simple “makes” as he goes so that you can see tangible results even at this early stage. Four pages in the middle of the book on Simple Restorations will also give the novice the chance to get to grips with existing bindings and learn from them.
This is an entertaining and instructive book which may well prove to be sufficient on its own. However, it may also pave the way for further study and more advanced work which is beyond its intended scope.
A&C Black 2007