Just received Der Fachunterricht der schmückenden Berufe, Buchbinder (1927) by Beyer u. Weißenmüller. It was written to accompany the instruction apprentices would receive in trade school, supplementing what they would learn in their binderies. This specific manual was written for those in more remote, less resource rich areas, away from the major urban centers.
|Professional Instruction for the Decorative|
Trades - Bookbinding
|A note to the reader.|
The exercises in this little volume should be solved by you independently. Given your practical experiences and knowledge, this should not be difficult. The trade specific descriptions are there to supplement what you know, and serve as encouragement to continue on and experiment, even outside of school.
See also my post on "designing spines".
|How to draw ellipses. Always need to have a chapter|
on drawing shapes, including geometric solids...
|Design template for different binding types, from|
stiffened paper to "better" quarter cloth. The template
suggests proportions, and thinking about
where what materials and colors are used.
|Type, letter spacing, kerning.|
|Placing a title on cover and spine.|
|Experimenting with color and placement|
on the binding.
|Base color and the addition and lightening|
with white. Now try this with other colors.
The colors are hand-painted in.
|Edge treatments: Solid, sprinkled, marbled.|
Note the variants. As before, experiment...
|Tipped-in paste paper swatches.|
|More tip-ins, this time sprinkled papers.|
|Combining the elements: Edge treatment,|
covering paper, and end paper.
|Stiffened paper binding with a label.|
Cloth spine with decorative paper sides.
|Quarter cloth with cloth spine, marbled paper|
sides, uncolored edges, and end paper.
|Another quarter cloth with different color|
|As apprentices left school at a young age|
(early teens), they continued to receive
instruction in citizenship and social studies.