Saturday, November 21, 2009

Translation of Pressbengel to be Published

A translation of the Pressbengel will be published in the 2009 Guild of Book Workers' Journal. See the sidebar at left for the introduction. A small print edition suitable for binding will be available as a download in early 2010.

While I have attempted to remain faithful to the original text, certain liberties have been taken to make the text more accessible to today’s binders and bibliophiles. First, and foremost is the title change from Der Pressbengel, an esoteric tool used to increase the leverage when tightening a German backing press, to The Bone Folder, an iconic tool that represents bookbinding as no other can. The result, I hope, is in keeping with the essence of the German original.

Stay tuned for more information...