First post on bookbinding history, manuals, all the things that were usually featured on this blog since the end of 2021.
Training in the trades in Germany was very regulated and standardized with training in the apprentices bindery, comprehensive manuals, trade school and other workshops all coordinated with each other. Exams and the pieces and skills to be demonstrated were the same across the country each year as well. The intent was that binderies and the Meister knew what they could [theoretically] expect from each new journeyman with the latter expected to arrive with their tools and ready to work from day one...
Das Einbinden eines Buches (The Binding of a Book) is a very basic manual that described the construction of a Deckenband (case binding in the German (Bradelesque) tradition). As is common, lots of text with a few illustrations. What makes this text unique in my experience with the German literature is that it was published to accompany a silent film in two parts in which the steps are demonstrated. The book and film were produced by Georg Netzband (instructor for diagraming) and the Reichstelle fur den Unterrichtsfilm (National office for instructional films) in 1936.
The film was released in two parts:
- Part 1: The endpapers; sewing; sewing supports.
- Part 2: Rounding; the book cover (case).
Here the complete film with both parts combined by me.
|The endpaper construction.|
|Hooking the endpapers around the 1st and last sections.|
|Gluing out the guard to adhere the case. Note the frayed out cords.|