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Reference & Bibliographies

  • Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive
  • Bibliographies: Includes bookbinding manuals (with tables of contents), conservation & preservation articles, marbling, typography, paper arts.
  • Tutorials: Instructions for a wide range of book art related structures and glossaries.
  • Conservation & Preservation Links: resources on book repair, collections conservation, preservation administration, digitization, and conservation vendors.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Multi-lingual Bookbinding/Conservation Dictionary Project: The goal of this project is to combine, in one place, all the known bookbinding and book conservation terminology, in as many languages as possible. We are also including both current and archaic terms, to make the dictionary useful for both practicing conservators and bookbinders, as well as book history scholars.

  • ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter & Nicolas Barker, 8th ed. (At ILAB)
  • Conservation OnLine (CoOL): The mother of all conservation and preservation sites.
  • Die Bestandteile eines Buches: Als Antiquarin kann ich mir kaum vorstellen, dass es Menschen gibt, die mit den Bezeichnungen von Buchbestandteilen nicht wirklich etwas anfangen können. Ist aber – wie bei allen Fachausdrücken – eben doch oft der Fall. Darum möchte ich Ihnen in diesem kleinen Artikel die wichtigsten Bestandteile eines gedruckten und gebundenen Buches kurz vorstellen und erklären.
  • Binde ABC: German language dictionary of bookbinding terminology.
  • The Book an interactive description: Javascript enabled description of the parts of a (German) case binding, but works for almost all other kinds as well. Thank you to Peter Baumgartner for letting me use his illustration and script.
  • Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: THE English language encyclopedia for bookbinding and conservation (At CoOL). Digital version of print edition from HathiTrust - view from US-based IP addresses only.
  • Bookbinding/Reliure: From Diderot's encyclopedia.
  • Bookbinding Vocabulary / Vocabulaire de la Reliure: French / English bookbinding terminology by ARA Canada
  • Buchbinder-ABC: Online version of Moessner's German-language encyclopedia of bookbinding terminology (1981 ed.). Presented online by Schmedt, and now at the Internet Archive.
  • Druck ABC (Printing ABC): Printing, typo/reprographic, binding glossary. In German.
  • Glossary of Binding Terms: from the Preservation Department at the University of Illinois Library.
  • Illustrated Guide to Book Terminology: Produced by the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts, Part one of this article will guide you through the specialized terms used to describe book structure. Part two will do the same for terms used in book conservation.
  • Kleines Glossar Typographie und Layout im Desktop-Publishing: Glossary in German.
  • Ligatus Language of Binding: Online thesaurus of bookbinding terms. Can be searched by keyword or alphabetically. The concepts contained in the thesaurus are, however, also arranged hierarchically, based on a class/sub-class relationship, which allows concepts to be retrieved by navigating down the hierarchies even if their label (the term) is not known.
  • Translation of Book Arts Terms, from English to French: From the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists website.

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