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Book Arts & Artists' Books
manuals, instruction, theory, commentary

For examples of artists' books and other book-arts-y things, see the section on Artistic Works. For book design, page design, layout, or practical visual graphics, see Typography. Other items of interest will be found in the sections on Concrete & Visual Poetry, Calligrams and Comix.

Emily-Jane's essay on the Book Arts is supported by this bibliography, and readers who find themselves here may wish to visit it as well.


  • Blake, Kathy. Handmade books : a step-by-step guide to crafting your own books. Boston ; New York ; London : Bulfinch Press [Little, Brown and Co.], 1997.
  • Carter, David, and James Diaz. The elements of pop-up : a pop-up book for aspiring paper engineers. New York : Little Simon, 1999.
  • Diehl, Edith. Bookbinding : its background and technique, 2 vol. New York : Reinhart & Company, Inc., 1946. Also New York : Dover Publications, 1980.
  • Drucker, Johanna. The century of artists' books. New York : Granary Books, 1995.
    Chapter one of this work, "The artist's book as idea and form," is available in full text online (Granary Books, 1995).
  • Eleenport, Sam. The future of hand bookbinding. Boston : Harcourt Bindery, 1993.
  • Golden, Alisa J. Creating handmade books. New York : Sterling Publishing Co., 1998.
  • Hubert, Renee Riese, and Judd David Hubert. The cutting edge of reading : artists' books. New York : Granary Books, 1999.
    Chapter one of this work, "Introduction : the protean artist's book," is available in full text online (Granary Books, 1999).
  • Ikegami, Kojiro. Japanese bookbinding : instructions from a master craftsman [adapted by Barbara B. Stephens]. New York ; Tokyo : Weatherhill, 1986, 1998. *
  • Jackson, Paul. The pop-up book : a step-by step introduction for creating over 100 original paper products. New York : Henry Holt & Co., 1993, 1996.
  • Johnson, Arthur. The Thames and Hudson manual of bookbinding. London : Thames and Hudson, 1978.
  • Klima, Stephan. Artists' books : a critical study of the literature. New York : Granary Books, 1998.
    Chapter one of this work, "Introduction," is available in full text online (Granary Books, 1998).
  • LaPlantz, Shereen. Cover to cover : creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals & albums. Ashville, NC : Lark Books, 1995.
  • Lauf, Cornelia, and Clive Phillpot. Artist/author : contemporary artists' books. New York : Distributed Art Publishers inc. and the American Federation of Arts, 1998. [exhibition catalog]
  • Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut. Seventy books about bookmaking : a guide to the study and appreciation of printmaking. New York : Columbia University Press, 1941.
  • Lewis, A.W. Basic bookbinding. New York : Dover Publications Inc., 1957.
  • Maran, Sally Scott. "Science defined by the hands of a book artist," Smithsonian, June 1995.
  • Muir, David. Binding and repairing books by hand. New York : Arco Publishing Co. Inc., 1978.
  • Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington. Bookbinding and the conservation of books : a dictionary of descriptive terminology. Washington : Library of Congress, 1982.
    (CoOL (Conservation OnLine))
  • Shannon, Faith. The art and craft of paper. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994.
  • Smith, Keith. Non-adhesive binding, volume I : books without paste or glue. Fairport, NY ; Rochester, NY : Sigma Foundation ; Keith A. Smith Books, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1999. *
  • Smith, Keith. Non-adhesive binding, volume II : 1- 2- and 3-section sewings. Rochester, NY : Keith A. Smith Books, 1995. *
  • Smith, Keith. Non-adhesive binding, volume III : exposed spine sewings. Rochester, NY : Keith A. Smith Books, 1995. *
  • Smith, Keith. Non-adhesive binding, volume IV : Smith's sewing single sheets. Rochester NY : Keith Smith Books, 2001. *
  • Smith, Keith, and Fred Jordan. Sewn and pasted cloth or leather bindings requiring no special tools or equipment. Cayuga, NY : Keith Smith Books, 1998.
  • Town, Laurence. Bookbinding by hand : for students and craftsmen. London : Faber and Faber, 1951, 1968.
  • Verheyen, Peter. "Development of the artist's book," student paper, Department of Fine Arts, Syracuse University, April 1998.
  • Watson, Aldren A. Hand bookbinding : a manual of instruction. New York : Macmillan Publishing Co., 1986.


*  Asterisks mark items Emily-Jane considers to be especially interesting, useful, or well-written.

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