Showing posts with label Library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Library. Show all posts

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Beachtenswerte Fachschriften

Aus Braunwarth & Lüthkes 1928er Katalog... Keiner dieser Titel darf in einer zünftigen Fachbibliothek fehlen.


Beachtenswerte Fachschriften

Adam
  • Die einfachen handwerksmäßigen Buchbinderarbeiten
  • Die Kunst des Blinddrucks, der Handvergoldung und der Ledermosaik
  • Die Kunst des Entwerfens
  • Leitfaden für die Gesellen und Meisterprüfung der Buchbinder. 3. Auflage
  • Das Handvergolden, der Blinddruck und die Lederauflage
  • Das Marmorieren des Buchbinders auf Schleimgrund im Oel- und K!eisterverfahren. 2. Auflage
Bogeng
  • Der Bucheinband, ein Handbuch für Buchbinder und Büchersammler
  • Deutsche Einbandkunst im ersten Jahrzehnt des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts
Brade's Illustriertes Buchbinderbuch. Lehr- und Handbuch der gesamten Buchbinderei und aller in dieses Fach einschlagenden Techniken. Gänzlich umgearbeitet von Paul Kersten. 8. Auflage

Cockerell, Der Bucheinband und die Pflege des Buches. 2. Auflage

Collin
  • Der Preßbengel (ein Gesprächsbüchlein zwischen Bücherfreund und Buchbinder) Geb.
  • Paul Kersten (Biographie), Pappband (1 bis 400 St.) Mk 8.75, Büttenausgabe (50 St.)

Eschner, Der Buchbinder. Lehr- und Lern-Buch für Fach-Fortbildungs-Schulen und zum Selbstunterricht

Franke, Die Buchbinderei, Anleitung zur Herstellung sämtlicher Buchbinderarbeiten

Fritzsche
  • Anleitungen und Vorlagen zum Lederschnitt
  • Mustertafeln für Lederschnitt
Heß
  • Die Praxis der Pappenverarbeitung. Teil I
  • Die Praxis der Pappenverarbeitung. Teil II: Pappenverarbeitung und Papiermache
  • Die Papierprägetechnik. Praktisches Handbuch für die gesamte Papierprägetechnik. 2. Auflage Geheftet
  • Die Kartonnagen-Fabrikation. Praktisches Handbuch für die gesamte Kartonnagenfabrikation. 2. Aufl. Geh.
  • Kalkulations-Leitfaden für die gesamte Kartonnagen-Industrie mit praktischen Kalkulationsmustern
Keilhack
  • Praktische Winke zur HersteHung von Papier- und Druckerzeugnissen. Band I. Karr..
  • Der Druckereibuchbinder (Bd. II der Praktischen Winke zur Herstellung von Papier- und Druck-erzeugnissen)
Kersten
  • Der exakte Bucheinband. 4. Auflage
  • Leitfaden für Buchbinder
  • Das Färben und Marmorieren von Leder
  • Die Marmorierkunst, Anleitung zum Marmorieren
  • Der Buchbinderlehrling
  • Moderne Entwürfe für Bucheinbände (1906)
  • Bd. I: Vorlagen für Künstler. Lederbände (Je in Mappe mit losen Tafeln.)
  • Bd. II: Vorlagen für Ganzleinenbände
  • Verzierungstechniken des Bucheinbandes (Beschreibung der Verzierungstechniken) Geb.

Kolbe, Preisberechner (Kalkulations-Formulare)

Kraft, Schriftsatz und Buchdruck für Buchbinder

Leo's Buchbinder-Taschenkalender. In Kaliko gebunden

Lohse, Die Technik des Kontobucheinbandes im Handwerks- und Fabrikbetrieb

März, Handvergolden in der Buchbinderei, im Lederwaren- und Galanteriefach,
Präparate für Hand- und Preßvergoldung (Rezepte für Vollgrund, Halbgrund und Beizen)

Mais
  • Die Arbeiten an der Vergoldepresse
  • Preistarif über Buchbindereiarbeiten (sogenannter Bundestarif) (Ausgabe 1925). Neu bearbeitet
  • Preisverzeichnis für Partie-Arbeiten (bearbeitet vom Verein Stuttgarter Buchbindereibesitzer, in Gemeinschaft mit der Bucbbinder-Zwangs-Innung Stuttgart)
  • Preis und Berechnungsmethoden für den Einrahmer- und Vergolderberuf

Schaupp, Der Halbfranzband

Sonntag, Die Faltschachtel

Sprengel, Preistabelle für Bildereinrahmungen

Stephen, Die moderne Großbuchbinderei

Weiße, Das Ornament des Buchbinders. Heft I

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Das Falzbein - Mission Accomplished


Halt! Nicht die Pleite oben, sondern die Vervollständigung meiner Falzbein Sammlung.

Wait! Not the disaster above, but rather completing my run of Das Falzbein.




Konnte endlich mein Set von dem Falzbein vervollständigen. Habe zwar 3 Jahrgänge doppelt (1948/49, '57/'58, und '59/'60), aber die Einbände sind schön, und so bin ich froh darüber. Das Falzbein war der Nachfolger von dem Buchbinderlehrling, und genauso DIE Zeitschrift für Lehrlinge im Buchbinderhandwerk nach dem Krieg.

Was finally able to complete my run of Das Falzbein. I do have some duplicates (1948/49, '57/'58, and '59/'60), but the bindings are wonderful so I'm glad to have them. Das Falzbein was successor to Der Buchbinderlehrling (1927-43), and like it, THE magazine for apprentices in the German post-war era.

Unten, mein Lieblingseinband an dem Falzbein.

Below also my favorite binding from Das Falzbein.




Das war der zweitletzte Jahrgang den ich erwarb, und es dauerte anderthalb Jahre bis ich das letzte, fehlende fand (oder besser gesagt es mich fand).

That was the second to last one I acquired, and took a year and a half to get the last one (fat red thing towards right) in the first picture...

Sie auch meine Sammlung von dem Buchbinderlehrling.

See also my collection of Der Buchbinderlehring.


Und, wie wir alle wissen, wird man mit dem Falzbein schlauer!

And, as we all know, reading the Falzbein makes us smarter!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Human Library 2016 - a book about books about books

At the Human Library and all "meta" as the "book" (Z700.9 Library of Congress classification for my authority record) "You Can Judge a Book by its Cover." Got to talk books, and show books largely about bookbinding. Was "checked out" 3x, renewed 1x, and browsed 2x. Based on current policies and workflows I'm pretty sure I won't be weeded or transferred to the preservation environment in our offsite facility... Whew!

All bindings by me, with exception of my copy of Claudia Cohen's "Bookbinding Ephemera" that displays the materials used in bookbinding so beautifully. Scroll down and click the images for views of the book at http://www.vampandtramp.com/finepress/c/claudia-cohen.html.




Here my catalog record. Next time, full LC and Dewey classifications.

 
Watch a nice short documentary about the event at Syracuse.


The Human Library is an international idea, http://humanlibrary.org/, The Syracuse University Libraries, where I work, have hosted an event since 2014. This was my first time as a book.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sammeln - Collecting

Bücher zu sammeln, besonders antiquarische,
kann manchmal wie geruhsames Angeln sein...,
Book collecting, especially of antiquarian titles can be like contemplative fishing...,


oder wie auf der aktiven und spannenden Jagd zu sein...
or like being hot on the trail of the quarry...


Ich bin dabei meine Sammlung von dem Falzbein, das nachkriegs Pendant zum Buchbinderlehrling zu vervollständigen und habe eins der ersehnten Jahrgänge gesehen in einem besonders schönem Lehrlingseinband...

I'm in the process of completing my collection of the Falzbein, the postwar equivalent to the Buchbinderlehrling, and saw one of the missing volumes in an especially attractive apprentice binding.

Photo vom Antiquar | Dealer photo

Dieser war auf eBay zusätzlich zu verschiedenen Händlerplatformen wie ABE, ZVAB, ... angeboten. Versucht zu bestellen, weg... Schade, aber der gute Antiquar hatte noch einen der mir fehlte also trotzdem dem Ziel näher...

This had been offered on eBay by the dealer in addition to the other bigger platforms such as ABE, ZVAB, ..., and when I tried to order I got the bad news that this volume was gone already. Dang, but the good Antiquarian had another volume I was missing, so still a step closer to the finish line... 

Note from dealer letting me know the bad news...


Weiter suchen, und ein paar Monate später tauchte der selbe (Bilder vergleichen) bei einem meiner lieblings Antiquare auf. Geschnappt...

Continued my searching, and a few short months later the same volume in the same binding (compare pictures) showed up at one of my favorite dealers. Got it!


Oft ist die "Jagd" nach Titeln eher geruhsam, wie im ersten Bild, dieses mal, eher Aktiv und hat sich gelohnt. Wer den 11. Jahrgang hat, darf sich gerne bei mir mit einem Angebot melden...

The hunt for books is usually slower and more contemplative (like in the first picture), and sometimes they get away. This time it was more aktiv, like a dog following a fresch scent, but I got the quarry. So, whomever has the 11th volume of this title and is willing to part with it, make me an offer...


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Der Buchbinderlehrling, 1927-43

Back in December of 2013, I received my first issue of Der Buchbinderlehrling (The Bookbinding Apprentice) a “journal” published between 1927 and 1943 for apprentices in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as an insert in the Allgemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien, the German bookbinding trade publication late 19th century and most of the 20th century. A journal like this was a bridge to trade school that continued the overall education of the young apprentices because they were dropped from the university-bound track. Subjects included social studies, math, and science as they related to binding. This also included paper making, leather tanning and parchment making, cloth, and in-depth engineering of bookbinding machines...

Since December I have been able to collect all volumes of the publication (just missing one issue that I will get via interlibrary loan), in part thanks to the rather limited publication period. All bindings are different, some came from the same owner, one has a gilt top-edge, and one is as issued in pamphlet bindings. Taken in aggregate, these volumes portray the life of the apprentice and the changing economic and the politicization of the crafts in chilling details with articles written by all the leading binders and educators of the time.

Im letzten Dezember bekam ich meinen ersten gebundenen Jahrgang vom Buchbinderlehrling ein beihelft zum Allgemeinen Anzeiger für Buchbindereien (AAB) das zwischen 1927 und 1943 für Lehrlinge in Deutschland, Österreich, und der Schweiz herausgegeben wurde. Eine Zeitschrift wie diese festigte den Lernstoff von Berufschule und Betrieb und diente der Weiterentwicklung der Lehrlinge. Themen waren Sozialkunde, Mathe (Fachrechnen) und Allgemeinbildung. sowie alles zur Buchbinderei.

Seit Dezember konnte ich alle Jahrgänge sammeln wobei nur ein Heft fehlt das ich per Fernleihe beziehen werde. Dies ist großenteils Dank der kurzen Dauer des Hefts. Alle Einbände sind anders, manche kamen vom gleichen Besitzer, eins ist ein Halbfranzband mit Goldschnitt, ein Anderes das Heft wie es im AAB kam, Gesehen als Ganzes zeigen diese Bände das leben eines Lehrlings sowie die Änderungen in Wirtschaft und Politik, manchmal erschütternd so, durch Aufsätze von den führenden Buchbindern und Fachlehrer.

Shelfie with all volumes together (1927 – 1943).
"Shelfie" mit allen Jahrgängen beisammen (1927 – 1943).



Quarter-vellum with vellum tips and laced through slips; quarter-cloth with pastepaper sides; stiffened paper binding with cloth spine

Halb-pergament mit verdeckten Pergamentecken und durchgezogenen Riemen; halb-Leinen mit Kleisterpapier auf den Deckeln; Steifbroschure mit Gewebe am Rücken.
Vol 1, 1927 - Vol 3, 1929.
1. Jahrgang, 1927 - 3. Jg., 1929.

Title page of first volume.
Titelblatt des ersten Jahrgangs.

Edition of 16,000 copies with first volume.
Auflage von 16,000 Stück angefangen mit dem ersten Jahrgang.



 Millimeter binding with vellum trim; quarter-leather with marbled paper sides and gilt top edge; quarter-leather binding with paper sides and calligraphed spine label.

Edelpappband mit Pergament; halb-Leder mit mamoriertem Papier und Goldschnitt; halb-Leder mit Papier und hand-beschrifteten Titelschild.

Vol 4, 1930; vol 5 - 7, 1931 - 1933; vol 8, 4/1934 - 3/1935 (Note change in publication from calendar year).
4. Jahrgang, 1930; 5 - 7 Jg., 1931 - 1933; 8. Jg., 4/1934 - 3/1935 (Erscheinungsänderung von Kalendarjahr).

Edition of 6,000 copies with volume 7, 1933.
Auflage von 6,000 Stück ab dem 7. Jahrgang, 1933.

Volume 4, 1930 signed and bound by [apprentice] in 1931. This volume also has notes regarding missing inserts, like the page below with samples tipped on.
Der 4. Jahrgang, 1930 signiert und datiert vom [Lehrling] 1931.
Dieser Band hat auch Notizen zu fehlenden Beilagen wie die unten.

Also from volume 4, an example of the tipped-in inserts that could be found in almost all volumes.  I've been very lucky in that only a few seem to be missing. This one is for Japanese papers, including a wood veneer at bottom right.
Auch vom 4. Jahrgang, ein Beispiel der Beilagen die in fast jedem Jahrgang zu finden waren. Ich hatte großen Glück in daß ich fast alle anscheinend habe. Diese ist für japanische Papiere, inkl. ein Furnierholz.




Quarter-cloth with paper sides; loose as issued in wrappers and untrimmed.

Halb-Leinen mit Papier; broschiert und unbeschnitten im Papierumschlag.

Volume 9 - 10, 1935 - 1937; volume 11, 1937 - 1938.
9-10 Jahrgänge, 1935 - 1937; 11. Jg., 1937 - 1938.
Volume 9 - 10, 1935 - 1937, bound 1942 during the first year as an apprentice.
9-10 Jahrgänge, 1935 - 1937, gebunden 1942 während des ersten Lehrjahrs.

Illustrations from article about wrapper designs in volume 10, 1936 - 1937.
Abbildungen aus einen Aufsatz über Umschlagsentwürfe aus dem 10. Jg., 1936 - 1937.



Two millimeter bindings, one with pastepaper sides, the other with paper marbled using oil paints.

Zwei Edelpappbände, eins mit Kleisterpapier, das Andere mit Öltunkpapier.

Volume 12, 1938 - 1939; volume 13, 1939 - 1941.
12. Jahrgang, 1938 - 1939; 13. Jg., 1940 - 1941.

Volume 12, 1938 - 1939, was missing the first 4 pages... Interlibrary loan was able to provide those.
Beim 12. Jahrgang, 1938 - 1939, fehlten die ersten 4 Seiten... Die Fernleihabteilung konnte helfen.

Here perhaps the reason – Hitler's 50th Birthday.
Hier vielleicht der Grund – Hitlers 50. Geburtstag.



Three more millimeter bindings with pastepaper sides.
Noch drei Edelpappbände mit Kleisterpapier bezogen.

Volume 14, 1940 - 1941; Volume 15, 1941 - 1942; Volume 16, 1942 - 1943.
14. Jahrgang, 1939 - 1940; 15. Jg., 1941 - 1942; 16. Jg., 1942 - 1943.

All three volumes had the same owner's stamp. On the facing page announcement of the annual apprentice binding competition with the Buchbinderlehrling as the set book.
Alle 3 Jahrgänge hatten den selben Stempel vom Besitzer. Auf der Gegenseite, die Ankündigung des jahrlichen Lehrlingswettbewerb mit dem Buchbinderlehrling as Pflichtband.

Note 8/17/2014: The owner's stamp says "C. A. Brede, Hundestr. 11," and several of the other books have a dealer note with "C.A. Brede."

Notize 17.8.2014: Der Besitzerstempel gibt "C. A. Brede, Hundestr. 11" an, und einige der anderen Bände eine Notize vom Antiquar mit "C.A. Brede."
Brede, Carl-August, Wakenitzufer 14, Lübeck, Buchbindermeister
Haase, Albert, Hundestr. 11, Lübeck, Buchbindermeister, - Zum Füllhorn -, 1945 Bibliothekar (Worked for the/Arbeitete für die Stadtbibliothek Lübeck)

Math for bookbinders. On the facing page the familiar way of depicting how to place raised cords on the spines.
Fachrechnen für Buchbinder. Auf der Gegenseite Bündeeinteilung für Halbfranzbandrücken.



The Buchbinderlehrling ceased publication after volume 16, 1943. After the War, Das Falzbein appeared as the journal for apprentices.

Mit dem 16. Jahrgang, 1943 war mit dem Buchbinderlehrling schluß. Nach dem Krieg erschien Das Falzbein als die Fachzeitschrift für Lehrlinge.


Special thanks to the Antiquariat Peter Ibbetson from whom most of the volumes were acquired.

Ganz besonderen Dank an das Antiquariat Peter Ibbetson von dem die meisten Einbände stammen.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Creating order, or ...

Creating order, or the delusion of it... Yes, I now have a 3rd Iron Horse book truck... Currently using it to hold my Pressbengel Project/Ernst Collin/German binding history materials as those are being referred to the most. Will also be clearing some of my journals off of the shelves for more space... Perhaps I should get some off-site storage for the low use/no-use... ;-) And, yes that is salmon leather hanging off of the end of the book truck.



And here 1 & 2... Clearly need to tackle piles on the one in the foreground. Back one holds my artist's book collection and most of my bindings...


Now to clear/clean the bench... so I can finish my conservation work and get back to binding projects.Rediscovered some nice textblocks I had collected over the years, Press Intermezzo among them...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Jahrbuch der Einbandkunst 2

Back in April of 2012 I shared this binding from my reference library, one of those books that changes how you approach your field and the history of it. Below a snippet from that blog post...

The copy above, bound by/in the firm of E.A. Enders (Leipzig) is from my collection. I remember being blown away by it on many levels when it was brought into Bill Minter's shop by a dealer who wanted to have a nice clamshell box made for it. Much to Bill's chagrin, the book was sold on the spot (for what was then a lot of money) with a box made shortly thereafter in my own then modest studio. I very quickly found myself sucked into the essays, especially the ones on contemporary binding. It was my first (and really only) design binding purchase and I still love to study the design, the combination of decor, the typographic elements - Germans integrated the title into designs more so than other traditions - and also the little flaws that make it "human."
Yesterday another one of my orders arrived from Germany, this time from Antiquariat Peter Ibbetson, the kind of order one needs to sign for, so glad it was Saturday... Among them was book that I had dawdled over ordering, Musterbetriebe deutscher Wirtschaft: Die Großbuchbinderei E.A. Enders, Leipzig - München from 1929. Translated, "Model Businesses of German Industry," the introduction challenges the reader to learn about German model businesses, pointing out the deluge of publications by and about American model industries, and that these are better known than the "native" German ones... This one is number 6 in the series, here the WorldCat record..


Although part of a series, this book is very similar to the many other publications by binderies such as Extra Binding at the Lakeside Press (R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company, 1925), or Ernst Collins' essays "Fünfzig Jahre deutscher Verlegereinband, 1875 - 1925" in Festschrift Hübel & Denck (Leipzig: Hübel & Denck, 1925) or "Vom guten Geschmack und von der Kunstbuchbinderei" in Spamersche Buchbinderei (Leipzig: Spamer, 1914). These publications tend to give a history of the book and the bindery, highlighting the functional areas with illustrations of the workspaces and the bindings produced in them.

So in reading/leafing through the book I get to page 39 (Sonderabteilung für Handeinbände, Extra Binding Department) and what do I find??? Look familiar? Unfortunately, the 6 pages of that section don't provide any details about the binding, although other bindings mentioned are described as exemplars of the materials and techniques applied in this kind of work.


Oh, so very glad I grabbed it...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Aber mal im Ernst

Aber mal im Ernst = but seriously folks, let's ...

Been enjoying a wave of successes in my quest to add to my bibliography of Ernst Collin's writings.

Some successes based on minimal references/citations from Google Books snippets were filled by the amazing Inter-Library Loan staff at Syracuse. Some of those led me to finding other publishing venues Ernst was active in. One was Das Echo: das Blatt der deutschen im Auslande, a periodical for Germans living abroad - articles were meant to keep them in touch with what was going on in the Fatherland. In additions to articles about bookbinding, there are articles on textile design, silver-smithing, jewelry-making, but also one on household/kitchen appliances and one on why the Treaty of Versailles was bad deal for Germany. HathiTrust held some of the volumes of this title, starting in 1913 and ending in 1922... First Ernst appearance in 1920 with about 6 articles per year. Unfortunately there are gaps, but output trending up.

Also went back to some other journals, Archiv für Buchgewerbe and Archiv für Buchbinderei leafing through page-by-page-by-page, several hundreds per volume. That netted a few more articles not captured by OCR.

Then in the ink-on-paper category, a modest package from Buchatelier Bischoff that included the original publications as issued of Deutsche Einbandkunst: Ausstellung des Jakob-Krausse-Bundes, Vereinigung deutscher Kunstbuchbinder, im Weissen Saal des Schloßmuseums zu Berlin, September -Oktober 1921. Published for the Jacob-Krausse-Bund by Ernst; Spamersche Buchbinderei, Leipzig; Werkstatt für Kunsteinbände with the essay by Ernst; and finally the complete run of Die Heftlade the journal of the Jakob-Krause-Bund that was absorbed into Meister der Einbandkunst. Ernst Collin published and edited the journal in addition to contributing articles to it on a wide range of topics. Most of the articles are short, but that's ok. Like many journals of the era, it also includes tipped-in samples of printing and decorated paper.

On the way still is the Festschrift Hübel & Denck Leipzig, 1875-1925 with an essay by Ernst among others. Like the Spamersche Buchbinderei, this is another publication by one of the significant trade binderies in Leipzig, both with fine/extra binding departments. A history of E.A. Enders is also on the way in another order.

Also Ernst related, the 1947 volume of Allgemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien,  the first postwar volume that contains a mention of the firm of W. Collin and Ernst... Had a scan of that via ILL but was glad to get original hardcopy. Also included in that volume are about half of 1936 I believe, very close to the end of Ernst's publishing career. Access to volumes of this title is one of my greatest challenges - it's not just about being locked up for copyright, it's not even available to search for snippets or words on a page...

The in-process bibliography of Ernst writings has now grown to about 145 articles and monographs on a broad range of subjects, beyond bookbinding. About 40 of those added in the past week or so in a sustained systematic effort.

The bibliography can be linked to via the top navigation bar of this blog - Ernst Collin Bibliography. For those in the US who can read German, there are links to about half the titles at HathiTrust. Citations, leads ALWAYS appreciated.

Ernst Collin was a very active, versatile, and good thoughtful writer with a confident sense of place/presence.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Reference Collection Development

Interesting collection of reading material arrived in my reference library over the past month or so…

First, two titles by Paul Adam. The first is Lehrbücher der Buchbinderei: Die einfachen handwerksmässigen Buchbinderarbeiten ohne Zuhilfenahme von Maschinen (1924) a thin manual describing the most basic and essential tasks to be completed in a bindery leaving out machines. (boardshears and presses don’t count). Obviously written for apprentices, this one came from the public library in Bayreuth and showed a fairly active circulation in the first decade of it’s life. Then came the war… Paper not great, but lots of provenance. It’s also the kind of title that would have been in every proper trade school library and larger bindery. Needs some TLC, but then there is the bit about the shoemakers kids (and I had 7 generations of master shoemakers in my family)…


Illustration from Adam, Lehrbücher der Buchbinderei:
Die einfachen handwerksmässigen Buchbinderarbeiten
ohne Zuhilfenahme von Maschinen
(1924)

The other Adam title in this batch is Die deutscheste Art der Einbandverzierung (1928), a Festschrift for the 47th gathering of the Bundes Deutscher Buchbinder-Innungen. Not sure why it was the titled “the most German of binding decoration techniques” (tooling), but looks to be an interesting read. That was “bound” into a simple card wrapper… Like the one above, needs some TLC to make sure the single leaves don’t fall out.

Next up E(rich) A(dolf) Bogeng’s Der Bucheinband: ein Handbuch für Buchbinder und Bücherfreunde (1940). Title translated is Bookbinding: a handbook for bookbinders and bibliophiles. It’s an interesting overview of the book and book/trade history broken down into by general history; structural elements;  decorative techniques; binders and bibliophiles, … I found the arrangement the interesting part – there are no illustrations. Bogeng was one of THE German writers about bookbinding and bibliophilic culture in the late 19th, first half of the 20th century. This one was reprinted in several editions.


I also acquired two volumes of Der Buchbinderlehrling (The Bookbinding Apprentice) a “journal” published for apprentices in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland by the Allgemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien, the trade publication late 19th century and most of the 20th century. A journal like this was a bridge to trade school that continued the overall education of the young apprentices because they were dropped from the university-bound track. Subjects included social studies, math, and science as they related to binding. This also included paper making, leather tanning and parchment making, cloth, and in-depth engineering of bookbinding machines...

Years I received were 1932 and 1938 with 12 issues each. Quite a contrast between the two.

First in 1932, an article by Ernst Collin and the first in a series titled Bedeutende Männer des Buchbinderhandwerks (Important Men in Bookbinding) – the subject, Ernst's father Georg Collin, Court Bookbinder who died in 1918. Ernst' Der Pressbengel was dedicated to him. While most of Collin’s writing is academic, this was written with a much more casual tone making it more accessible for apprentices. There was also a multi-part article on gold tooling by Walter Gerlach (1892 – 1982). Trying to find out if there was a connection between him and Gerhard Gerlach. Gerhard Gerlach married Kathryn Edwards, and both studied with Wiemeler in Leipzig in the early 30s. There were also two tipped-in cards with material samples and articles on how to use those, a nice article about the life and impact of Roger Payne (illustrated by the engraving of him hunched over a press), and one telling soon to be journeymen that despite the fact that most would be unemployed after completing their apprenticeship, that they should remain hopeful and engaged. Also an interesting, ongoing series about architectural styles and history.




1938 was quite a change, and it was clear who was now running the country. Oddly, issue 1 from 1933 had been bound in instead of 1938... The volume had an article on fish leather, Igraf (a cellulose-based ersatz paper/parchment with the look of Elephant Hide, a paper now produced by Zanders, and a longer article by Franz Weisse on marbling. This contained the same illustrations as his work about marbling that was republished by Richard J. Wolfe as The Art of Marbling (Wolfe also had some things to say about the politics of the time). To round it out, articles on the need to bring bookbinding (and all the trades) into the nationalistic fold, competitions for apprentices and journeymen, depictions of bindings extolling the virtues of the Führer and Party… One image showed Otto Dorfner, Hugo Wagner, and Franz Weisse jurying bindings, some with their party pins in place… Below another from a national trades meeting. The "youth" of the trades are being addressed...


Buchatelier Bischoff in German is reprinting the complete run of the Buchbinderlehrling (1927 – 1944) on a subscription basis, every two months a new year... I already received 1927. No Ernst Collin articles, but several by Maria Luers, the first woman bookbinding Meister in Germany. This is going to be fun. They also republish many other classic German binding titles in sheets or bound. Check them out.

Another image from the 1938 volume.
Notice anything peculiarly practical?

Almost as a logical follow-up to the 1938 issue above, a nice catalog Ausstellung Malerei, Graphik, Buchkunst (1955) that featured bindings by Otto Dorfner in addition to the prints and paintings by two other artists. Dorfner worked largely in Weimer, a town that ended up in the Soviet Occupation Zone after the war, what became the German Democratic Republic (DDR). Stylistically, the binding shown continue the strong German style of design and tooling that was also used by Wiemeler…. Interestingly, in addition to books by Goethe, there are also bindings on works by Stalin, Karl Marx, Ernst Thälman, Wilhelm Pieck, … Communists, Soviets, and East German leaders all.

I think that there is a post/article in there about politics and the trade(s). Just need to line up some visuals (have lots in various books) and try to find some examples elsewhere. I could start it off with a "song" sung at the German Bookbinder's Assembly in Berlin in which the formation of the German Empire in 1871 is described in the context of binding a book... Designer Bookbinders had a 2008 exhibition Socialism: A Celebration in which binders selected historically significant socialist texts from the collection of Lord Tom Sawyer of Darlington, but that exhibition was not about the bookbinding trade in the service of a particular ruling ideology. There is also a rich history of Marxist (and other) children's books, but that's not design bookbinding either... If anyone has any examples I'd love to hear about them.

Another book was the 1995 Festschrift of the Buchbinder-Innung (Guild) Berlin-Brandenburg. Lots of interesting details about the trade in Berlin over 400 years also indicating some differences with the Verein Berliner Buchbindermeister (Organization of Master Bookbinders in Berlin) whose Chronik I also own, and that provided lots of good information on the Collins. Some of the differences apparently center on Maria Lühr (first woman to learn the trade under Georg Collin and Joseph Zaehnsdorf, and first female Meister in Germany), the role of women in the trade and training, and the Lette Verein, an organization for women that taught trades. It still exists.

I had long had a copy of Lawrence S. Thompson's Kurze Geschichte der Handbuchbinderei in den vereinigten Staaten von Amerika (Stuttgart: Max Hettler, 1955), and given that Thompson was American working at the University of Kentucky Library was perplexed to not find the title available in English. That changed this week when I received A Short History of Bookbinding in the United States by Lawrence S. Thompson. From the dealer copy:
This is from a most curious assembled typescript I just bought, "with pp. 1-12 (and possibly an unnumbered 13th page following) provided in original typescript, pp. 11-34 (continuing the text uninterrupted, though in a different type font) provided in facsimile/photocopy, all printed on recto only. The latter portion shows several stamps from the University of Kentucky Libraries and various corrections to the typescript, so we are tempted to assume that it may be a copy."
I was able to confirm that this is the original English of an article published in/for Germany. I couldn't find an English version of my "unpublished" typescript, OCLC shows that just at the University of Kentucky where Thompson was Librarian. Vito J. Brenni's bibliography Bookbinding, a guide to the literature indicates that this was published in English as Some Notes on the History of Bookbinding in the United States, American Book Collector, Vol 7, Nos 5-7, Jan-Mar, 1955. Still trying to find a copy though... Interestingly found what seems to be an abridged version of the article in a journal - Hand Bookbinding in the United States Since the Civil War, Libri, Vol 5, no 2, 1954 (97-121)

Thompson's titels contain much information of interest (in particular to me) on German-trained binders in the US. Many of those named were indicated as being members of the Guild of Book Workers, too. He also published Fine Binding In America, The Story Of The Club Bindery, but that is a different book. A Short History... concluded with "Even in the atomic age, hand bookbinding will have a strong place in the culture of the United States." Thoughts?

The interlibrary loan department at Syracuse  also came through with some articles by Ernst Collin from 1934-36, and one about the Collins' as Hofbuchbinder that also mentioned Ernst from the 1947 (all from the Allgemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien). VERY glad to have those.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Working in the Studio

Spent a lot of good quality time this weekend working in the studio on some private work and bindings for myself. Felt really good for the hands and soul. Below pictures of my space, one that I always dreamed of, and was finally able to realize when we moved into this house 9 or so years ago... May well be doing quite a bit more work there in the future...





Sunday, January 1, 2012

Reference Collection Work

Spent the equivalent of a few fruitful days weeding and shifting my bookbinding/book arts reference collection so that I have _some_ space to grow in all areas. The top 2~3 shelves on the far right are still in flux, but no more books stacked on top of books. All is reflective of refocused collection development policy. Almost like a "real" library. Was precipitated in part by bringing my artist's book collection (not in this picture but on a brand-spanking new Gaylord Bros book cart - the large 3-shelf version) back from work... Beneficiaries of the weeding were my faithful students/friends.


 Still a bit to do, and perhaps more reference books to bring from work, but looking forward to being able to add to my database and use the collection...