Showing posts with label Pressbengel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pressbengel. Show all posts

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Colliniana 2019-20 - Ernst Collin Updates

As in the past 6 years, on May 31st, Ernst Collin's birthday (This would have been his 134th) I share updates from my research and findings into his life and work. Unfortunately, there seemed to be little new to share about the Collins in 2019 and other things intervened... However, thanks to another mass digitization project and some new acquisitions there are several interesting things to share this year. My text is all English this time to describe findings and images, but all text in images auf Deutsch, naturally.

The most significant of these was the digitization of the Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels (daily newsletter of the German book trades). The collection was digitized by the Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB) in Dresden and features full text indexing and searching. While OCR is challenging at best with variances in paper, type quality, typefaces, I was able to identify a number of articles relating to Ernst Collin. Thank you to all those organizations and individuals who work to expose the literature in this way. I am also grateful that works are passing into the public domain again, in the US, so that volumes for 1923/24 becaume accessible. So, each year will bring new discoveries.

Corvinus Antiquariat Ernst Collin

Mommsen Straße 27 in Charlottenburg where the
Corvinus Antiquariat was located when it opened

Addressbuch entry from 1925

Ernst Collin opened his Corvinus Antiquariat in Charlottenburg on October 15, 1923, during some of the worst of the hyperinflation period... Images below are from the Börsenblatt. The opening and range of inventory was also covered in the Archiv für Buchbinderei, nr 10/11, vol 23, 1923.

Announcement of the Antiquariat being added to the Berlin directory

A mention in the issue of December 28, 1923 concerned the publication of his first catalog containing fine press books, fine bindings, and other bibliophilic texts. The introduction to the catalog was written by E.A.G. Bogeng, a prolific writer and scholar of the book and allied crafts, and also provided some vital details about Ernst's life. The opening coincided with Germany's period of hyperinflation.

From April 27 to May 24, 1924 the Antiquariat hosted an exhibit of works by Walter Klemm's and Alexander Olbricht's Weimar Reiher-Verlag, illustrated books bound by Otto Dorfner, as well as other bindings by him. Also exhibited were paintings and woodcuts by Arthur Segal. This opening was also covered in the Archiv für Buchbinderei, nr 4, vol 24, 1924.

Announcement of the exhibition at the Corvinus Antiquariat

On December 5, 1924, the Börsenblatt carried a notice that the Antiquariat was moving from Charlottenburg to Stegliz, the address Ernst also used as editor of Die Heftlade, Journal of the Jakob-Krause-Bund (J-K-B), an association of fine binders, and for his publication of Paul Kersten in 1925...

Notice of the Antiquariat's move

Finally, on March 17, 1927, the Börsenblatt announced the closure of the Antiquariat, 3ish years after its opening during the period of hyperinflation.

Closure notice

Writings and Speaking

The Boersenblatt also contained reports of Collin speaking publicly as well as containing several articles by him or referencing those in other publications. In the May 8, 1918 edition he wrote about bibliophiles and the art of binding in "Bücherfreunde und Einbandkunst," on April 25, 1923 he stepped in for Fedor von Zobeltitz to give the welcoming talk at the opening of Der Schöne Bucheinband, an exhibit of the J-K-B. This talk was also covered in the Archiv für Buchbindereiand on June 27, 1931 reviewed the "internation book art exhibition" held in Paris that year. He did not go into the details of the German exhibitors to avoid the internal politics of that group... Some of these appeared in the "editorial" section of the Börsenblatt. There was also a back-and-forth exchange with a publisher in response to an article of his in the Tägliche Rundshau, another daily in which the publisher saw Collin's opinions on pricing as being unfair. It also mentioned an article in the Deutsche Verleger of December 1, 1920 about the "cleansing" of foreign terms in the German book trades, "Fremdworterreinigung im deutschen Buchgewerbe." This topic also appeared in various bookbinding trade publications in the years between the World Wars.

The publication of the Pressbengel was also mentioned and the topic of some discussion in the Börsenblatt's October 30, 1922 edition. The announcement mentioned that it has taken a long time for fine bindings and books to receive the kind of recognition they deserve, and that despite the hard economic times, fine books still find willing buyers. It then goes on to describe the nature of the discussion between bibliophile and binder, other titles by Collin, and that like the Heftlade (sewing frame) the Pressbengel (more here) is another essential tool of the bookbinder. Zobeltitz had reviewed the book for Die Heftlade (Nr 4, 1922), published by Collin for the J-K-B. The bookbinding, bibliophile, and arts communities were very interwoven... 

Notice about the Pressbengel. Note the price, an indicator
of the beginnings of the hyperinflation
that would get much worse in 1923.

The December 21, 1922 edition mentioned the Pressbengel at the end of it's Christmas title list, that even if a book lover can't afford new clothes for their favorite books, that can at least read about it, amusingly in the Pressbengel, closing with an acknowledgment of the increasingly bad economic situation and growing hyperinflation.

"If only there weren't that valuta (currency) hyperinflation"

I wrote about some of this in the 2018 post about Ernst Collin und Euphorion Verlag Inserate | Ads.

Below a tweet from the Director of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB) that shows the levels of hyperinflation and the reaction of one publisher...

Ernst Collin in the Allgmeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien

I was also able to acquire an "imperfect"copy of the 1929 Allgmeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien (AAB), imperfect in the sense that for one or two issues, 1928  had been bound in instead of 1929. Those apprentices...

This issue contained several articles by Collin, including "Neue Arbeiten der Weimarer Fachschule" led by Otto Dorfner; two articles about bookbinding supplies and decorated papers being shown at the Leipziger Papiermesse (trade fair); "Ein halbes Jahrhundert Fachmann" about Paul Kersten's 50th year practicing and teaching in the trade; and directly connected to items in my collection, a review of Musterbetriebe deutscher Wirtschaft (Model Corporations of German Industry) that was about the trade bindery E.A. Enders. I described that book in my post here, especially pleased that it depicted my copy of the 1927 Jahrbuch der Einbandkunst published by the Meister der Einbandkunst. There was also an article about "Buchbinder in der Literatur," bookbinders appearing in literary works; a review "Bucheinband-Ausstellung in Berlin" about a bindings created by Kersten's students at the Lette Verein (and addition to the previously mentioned article).  Also several other exhibit reviews, and a correction by Collin for omitting the binder Carl Funke from his article about the 25th anniversary of the Berliner Kunstklasse, first led by Kersten. Among those 1928 articles was one "Über die Kunst in der Buchbinderei" about the art in [fine] binding. Those articles will be added to the bibliography of Collins writings soon.

As an added bonus, it also contained several of the issues of  number 1 of the 1929 volume of the Buchbinderlehrling, below nr. 1. This was the journal for apprentices and was included as an insert in the AAB.

Number 1 of the 1929 Buchbinderlehrling as issued in the
Allegemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien.

Connecting Ernst Collin to other threads

I also found an article by Collin about the "Zukunft unserer Kriegsbeschädigten" (Future of Those Disabled by the War) from the Hamburgische Lazarett-Zeitung, Nr 14, 1  Juli, 1916. While not focused on bookbinding, it ties into articles by Paul Adam and others, and shows again the breadth of Collins writings.

I was also pleased to include writings by Collin in my article "Fips" and His Eels: Fish Skin in Bookbinding that appeared in Book Arts arts du livre Canada (Vol 10., Nr. 2, 2019). Another article on this topic will appear in a UK-based bookbinding journal, and I am also working on a German version. Finally, really, I was asked to write a general, foundational, article on Collin and his Pressbengel for a German publication.

I think this wraps up the past two years. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Square Back Bradel Binding Tutorial on the Pressbengel

What a delight to discover during a random web search...

Watch Queensland, Australia based Darryn Schneider of DAS Bookbinding demonstrate a square back Bradel binding (German case binding) using my instructions and the downloadable sheets for my translation of Ernst Collin's Pressbengel (as The Bone Folder).

The demonstration on YouTube is nicely done, and is a great use of the downloadable text in signatures. Intended audience is students and workshops, and it can be used for just about any common codex-based structure.
Ps., I'm always happy to see bindings on the textblock by individuals and those in workshops. Bonus points for those using parchment they made from fish. ;-)

The Bone Folder by Ernst Collin.

I also recommend checking out his many other tutorials, also on his YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Bone Folder as Bound by Marc Hammond

Congratulations Marc! Absolutely beautiful and honored by the binding.

The Bone Folder was written by Ernst Collin as Der Pressbengel, translated by me, and printed by Don Rash's Boss Dog Press with photos by John (Hans) Schiff. Order information at left. Unbound sheets are sold out.

Below the post on Instagram,

The 1st Place winner in the "Bound Together" bookbinding exhibit is a binding of “The Bone Folder" by #NBSSalumni Marc Hammonds BB ’17 @marc.hammo. . Marc says, “Much of the subject of The Bone Folder relates to traditional bookbinding techniques. My inspiration stems from the raised sewing supports and endband cores used in historic bookbinding to attach the boards. In my design, they are illustrated by leather onlays and dots tooled with gold leaf. The goal I had in mind was to craft a very contemporary binding with a design which would allude to traditional techniques.” . “The Bone Folder” was written by Ernst Collins as Der Pressbengel, translated by Peter D. Verheyen @pdverheyen, and printed by Boss Dog Press. . See photos of Marc's book process here, including the titling on the spine. This is a full leather binding with onlays, dots tooled with gold leaf, and Diane Bond paste paper endpapers. . Come see the book in "Bound Together," open until tomorrow. it will also be in the 20th Annual Celebration of Craft: Student & Alumni Exhibit, opening May 1, 2019. More info: . #boundtogether #boundtogetherbooks #bookbinding #bookbindingtools #bookbinder #bookbinders #bonefolder #thebonefolder #bookbindersdesign #bookart #finebinding #bookbindingexhibition #acc2019 #bookstagram #books
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Colliniana 2018 - Ernst Collin Updates

Wie in den 6 vergangenen Jahren gebe ich am 31. Mai zum Geburtstag von Ernst Collin (dies wäre sein 132. gewesen) eine Zusammenfassung von Funden und Fortschritten an meinem Projekt über die Collins.

As in the past 6 years, on May 31st, Ernst Collin's birthday (This would have been his 132th) I share updates from my research and findings into his life and work.

Jetzt sind es schon 5 Jahre her seit dieser Blog auf seiner eignen Art lebhaft wurde . Das habe ich Ruth zu verdanken die mich zu Ihrer möglichen Verwandtschaft mit Ernst Collin befragt hat. Dazu kamen meine andauernden offenen Fragen zur Herkunft die in der Einleitung zu ersten Fassung meiner Pressbengel Übersetzung angedeutet wurden. Zusammen genommen  mehr als genug Ansporn auf teils obsessiver Weise weiter zu machen. Neues wurde regelmässig auf Facebook unter #Colliniana und #PressbengelProjectBlog geteilt, sowie bei Twitter.

It's been 5 years since this blog "took off" in its own special way. For that we largely have Ruth to thank whose questions about possibly being related to Ernst Collin. Add to that my own nagging open questions from the introduction to the first edition of my translation of his Pressbengel as The Bone Folder. Together these ignited an obsessive flame that still burns. Updates have been shared regularly via Facebook under #Colliniana and #PressbengelProjectBlog, as well as on Twitter.

Die Boss Dog Press Ausgabe als Pressendruck ist endlich erschienen und all Vorbestellungen sind verschickt wurden. Das ich erfreut bin ist eine riesige Untertreibung, und daß die Auflage von Don Rash und seiner Boss Dog Presse geschaffen wurde, besonders mit den Photographien von John Hans Schiff, eine riesige Ehre. Es wa eine weiter Weg, aber wie beim guten Wein hat sich das Warten sehr gelohnt.  Bis jetzt hat das Buch ein Heim in den Bibliotheken von Azuza Pacific University, Cambridge University, dem Grolier Club und Yale University gefunden, sowie der Deutsche Nationalbibliothek und dem Leo Baeck Institute. Für mehr Infos und zu bestellen bitte die Boss Dog Press besuchen oder links klicken.

The Boss Dog Press edition is out and all preorders have shipped. To say I am pleased is a massive understatement, and having Don Rash and the Boss Dog Press create this edition, especially with the photographs of John (Hans) Schiff was a great honor. It's been a long road, but the wait (like with a good wine) very much worth it.  So far, the book has found homes at Azuza Pacific University, Cambridge University, the Grolier Club, and Yale University, in addition to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and Leo Baeck Institute. For more information and to order, see the Boss Dog Press site or click the link at left.

Deluxe edition (left) and regular edition (right).
Both come with a matching slipcase | Beide mit passenden Schuber geliefert

Titel mit Facsimile der 1922er Erstausgabe
Title page spread with facsimile of original 1922 edition

I hatte auch die Freude 2 Exemplare dieser Ausgabe zwecks Ausstellungen zu binden und bin mit den Ergebnissen ganz zufrieden. Eines ist unten zu sehen, mit mehr unter diesem Link, inkl. denen in  Lagen zum Downloaden und Binden. Letzere sind schon mehr als 1500 mal heruntergeladen seit ich sie so geteilt habe.

It was also my pleasure to bind two copies, ostensibly for exhibitions. I'm rather pleased by how they turned out. One is below, and you can see more here, including test bindings on the downloadable edition for binding. The latter has been accessed over 1500 times since first appearing online.

Quarter salmon parchment binding with pastepaper sides (both made by the binder); endpapers of Cave Paper “Alphabet”; graphite top edge; sewn endbands. Décor on boards from images in the text by John (Hans) Schiff with title stamped in gold. Also bound in are an extra set of enlarged photographs and the prospectus. 30.5 x 23.5 x 3 cm. Bound 2017.

Mehr Schriften von Ernst Collin | More writings by Ernst Collin
Die Bibliographie von Ernst Collins Shriften begann mit 60, wuchs zu 275 als ich meine erste Bibliographie teilte und steht jetzt mit 355 da. Der Großteil der neuen stammt aus der Berliner Volkszeitung wo Ernst in der Redaktion und als Kunstkritiker tätig war. Die Aufsätze wurden über die voll-text Suchen bei  Europeana Newspapers und ZEFYS gefunden. Da die OCR mit den Schrifttypen der Zeit oft Probleme hat bin ich mir sicher, daß noch mehr zu finden ist. Ich fand auch einen Zitat zu einem zweisprachigen Aufsatz über die Graphik in der pharma werbe Branche. Das der Aufsatz zweisprachig war, war eine Überraschung. Ich fand auch einige andere Aufsätze in mir noch nicht bekannten Zeitschriften.

The bibliography of titles that started with some 60, grew to 275 when I shared the bibliography, now stands at 355. The bulk of those new additions are from the Berliner Volkszeitung, where Ernst was an editor and art critic. The articles were found using a full-text search at Europeana Newspapers and ZEFYS. Based on the overall quality of the OCR of text from that period, I'm sure there are more within the pages. Also found via a citation in a dissertation was a bi-lingual (Deutsch/English) article on graphic design in pharmaceutical advertising. The bi-lingual nature was a surprise to me. There were also other articles in unknown-to-me publications.

Die Heftlade und ein Exlibris
Ich konnte mir auch ein zusätzliches Exemplar der Heftlade zulegen, eine Zeitschrift die Ernst Collin 1922-24 für den Jakob-Krause-Bund herausgab. Der Hauptgrund für dieses zusätzliche Exemplar war, daß es alle Beilagen UND die letzten zwei Hefte von 1924 mitgebunden hatte. Die Heftlade erschien nicht 1923.Unter den Beilagen war auch eine zu dem Aufsatz über das Sammeln von Exlibris, eine großes Sammelgebiet einst und und für manche noch jetzt. Die Heftlade hatte eine Auflage von 400 Exemplaren, und es war gut möglich, daß es verschiedene Beilagen zu den einzelnen Aufsätzen gab. In meinem Exemplar war ein Exlibris von Walter Kampmann für... Ernst Collin datiert Dezember 1920.

The Heftlade & an exlibris 
 I also acquired an additional copy of Die Heftlade, the "modest" bookbinding journal published 1922-24 by Ernst Collin for the Jakob-Krause-Bund. Reason for trading-up was that this copy had all inserts and the remaining two issues from 1924. The Heftlade did not appear in 1923. Among the inserts  was one to accompany an article on collecting exlibris/bookplates by Ernst. Collecting these was big, still is to some today. The Heftlade was printed in a run of 400, and may have had several different pasted on samples spread across the edition. Well in my copy there was an exlibris by Walter Kampmann for none other than... Ernst Collin. The exlibris was created in December of 1920.

Mehr Exlibris von Kampmann gibt es hier zu sehen. Ich habe auch ein reizvolles Exlibris von Ernst Heigenmoser, daß ich 2013 hier teilte. Seit ich das Exlibris für Ernst fand habe ich es oft mit dem Kopf des Herren (rechts) verglichen aus Collins Aufsatz "Bucheinbände aus Fischhaut" (1934).

More exlibris by Kampmann can be seen here. I also have a charming post-war exlibris by Ernst Heigenmoser that I shared here in 2013. Since I received the exlibris for Ernst, I've been comparing the head in that wonderful print to the back of the head of the "man in black" at top left in Ernst's article (1934) on making leather from fish.

Ernst Collin rechts?Ernst Collin at right?

Angeregt von Ernst und Anderen, habe ich sogar selbst Pergament aus Fisch gemacht.

Encouraged by Ernst and others, I even made my own parchment from fish.

Ich sah, daß der 20. März Stolperstein Putztag in Deutschland war, der Tag an dem Menschen versuchen die vielen kleinen individuelle Mahnmale an die von den Nationalsozialisten ermordeten und verfolgten zu reinigen. Als ich den Aufruf auf Twitter sah äußerte ich die Hoffnung, daß vielleicht einer die für Ernst und Else Collin reinigen könnte. Ich bin dieser Person sehr dankbar. Obwohl meine Tochter sie im letzten Sommer versuchte zu reinigen entwickelte sich wieder eine starke Patina. Es ist sehr schön beide wieder in altem Glanz zu sehen. Danke.

I saw that March 20 was the big spring Stolperstein cleaning day in Germany, when people make a concerted effort to try to clean the many Stolpersteine for those murdered, or otherwise persecuted by the Nazis. When I saw the notice on Twitter, I asked that if someone happened to come down past Cicerostr 61 in Berlin, could they please clean the stones for Ernst and Else Collin, too. I am very grateful to this kind person for doing that. Even though my dughter had cleaned them last summer they had developed a strong patina again. Nice to see them (and all the stones) shine. Thank you.

W. Collin
Im letzten Jahr konnte ich auch einiges zu W. Collin finden, besonders die Stelleninserate in der Berliner Volkszeitung. Dabei waren viele in denen Mädchen und Frauen gesucht wurden um bei der allgemein und bei der Kriegsproduktion zu arbeiten.

I was also able to find some great materials about W. Collin that give a sense of the kind of work they hired for while looking in the Berliner Volkszeitung. Among them were ads directed at women seeking labor for war production, as well as other general positions.

Ich konnte auch einige Exemplare der Arbeiten von W. Collin erwerben. Unter denen ein Pergament Einband an Goethe's Clavigo und eine kleine Mappe mit interessanten Eigenschaften.

I also acquired two more W. Collin exemplars, one a full vellum binding on Goethe's Clavigo and the other a small portfolio that has some interesting properties.


Kleine Mappe | Small portfolio

Und so kommt zu meiner Sammlung mit einem echten Pressbengel...

And so, to my collection of a genuine pressbengel, ...

dieses schöne Gemälde von einem Falzbein (Bone Folder) von Don Rash.
(Gemalt ist es auf eine der Pappen die seine Werksbank beschützt haben. Werkstoffe als Metapher...)

I now add this wonderful painting by Don Rash of a bonefolder.
(It is painted on a used piece of binders board that once protected the tops of his benches. Material as metaphor...)

Danke Don! | Thank you Don!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ernst Collin und Euphorion Verlag Inserate | Ads

Auch in meinem neuen Exemplar der Heftlade, Inserate für Collins Corvinus-Antiquariat und vom dem Euphorion Verlag für den Pressbengel. Interessant zu sehen das Bücher über Freimaurerei gesucht wurden. War Collin auch Freimaurer? Siehe auch den Inserat aus dem Katalog zur Ausstellung handwerklicher Einbandkunst im Museum des Güstrower Kunst- und Altertumsvereins: 21. Sept. bis 15. Okt. 1924, halbwegs unten hier. Hier zur Mommsenstraße 27 bei Google Maps.

My new copy of the Heftlade also had ads bound in at the back. Among them, for Ernst Collin's Corvinus-Antiquariat and for the Euphorion Verlag that published the Pressbengel. It was interesting to see that Collin was also seeking books on Free Masonry. Was he also a Mason? See also another add for his Antiquariat in the catalog for the Ausstellung handwerklicher Einbandkunst im Museum des Güstrower Kunst- und Altertumsvereins: 21. Sept. bis 15. Okt. 1924halfway down the page here. Here's a view of Mommsenstraße 27 via Google Maps

Books for the Bibliophile
We have: first editions, rare books, letterpress and luxury editions,
and books in beautiful bindings

Wanted are books by/about the following including free-masonery,
first editions...

Der Euphorion Verlag in dem der Collins Pressbengel erschien hatte zwei Inserate auf dieser Seite. Der untere ist interessant weil der Pressbengel als Band V in einer Serie von "Essays zur Pflege und Erneuerung Moderne Buchkunst" erscheint. In dem Pressbengel selbst sind zu dieser Serie keine Hinweise zu finden... Auch interessant ist das die 30 Exemplare der Luxus-Ausgabe in Leder oder Pergament erworben konnten. Ob dieser aus der Sammlung Max Hettler einer davon ist? Dort steht, daß der Einband von Hübel und Denck ist – Collin schrieb mehrer Aufsätze für deren Festschrift Fünfzig Jahre deutscher Verlegereinband, Festschrift Hübel u. Denck, Leipzig, 1875 - 1925 und den Monatsblätter für Bucheinbände und Handbindekunst.

The Euphorion Verlag, publisher of Collin's Pressbengel translated by me as The Bone Folder, had two ads on this page. The top indicated that it was looking to buy back all out-of-print titles it published and asking for offers (and prices). At bottom, an ad for the Pressbengel, indicating it as vol 5 in a series of essays on the topic of the care and handling of modern book art. There is also a description of the deluxe edition of 30 copies that could be ordered in either full-leather or parchment. Could this one from the Max Hettler collection be one of these? There, it is stated that the binding was by Hübel und Denck – Collin wrote numerous articles for their Festschrift Fünfzig Jahre deutscher Verlegereinband, Festschrift Hübel u. Denck, Leipzig, 1875 - 1925 and the monthly Monatsblätter für Bucheinbände und Handbindekunst.

Unten die Preisangaben für den Pressbengel. Leder oder Pergament für Mark 85, Pappband für Mark 4,50. Dies war während der Inflationszeit, also war Rechnen angesagt da man mit Notgeld zahlte (siehe unten). Eine Webseite die historische Währungen umrechnet kalkulierte, daß 85 Mark (1922) einen Kaufwert von $3931.93 heutigen Dollar haben könnten, 4.50 Mark den von $208.16. Ob das stimmt?

Below the pricing for the Pressbengel, leather or parchment for 85 Marks, paper for 4.50 Marks. This was during the period of hyper-inflation so need to do some real math as hyperinflation currency was printed at ever greater denominations (see below). A website that converts historical currency values calculated that 85 Mark (1922) has a value of $3931.93 current dollars, and 4.50 Mark (1922) $208.16 current dollars. Can that be right?

Wie viele Scheine von diesem Notgeld wären 1923 benötigt gewesen?

How many of these bills of Notgeld (Hyperinflation currency) would have been needed in 1923?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Boss Dog Press Bone Folder in Full Production

The Boss Dog Press Bone Folder is in full production and heading into the home stretch! Don Rash and his assistants have done a beautiful job with the printing and binding. As described in the prospectus, the deluxe edition is bound in quarter leather with hidden corners and pastepapers on the sides. [Edit: More also on the Boss Dog Press site]

Deluxe edition in quarter leather with pastepaper sides

Full production, deluxe in the front, regular in full paper behind

The regular edition is covered in full pastepaper with printed paper labels on spine and front board.

Full production,  regular in full paper in the front, deluxe behind
Below, the title spread from one of the copies I have bound with a facsimile of the original 1922 edition of Der Pressbengel as a frontispiece.

The title spread

I'm going to say that I'm floored by how beautifully these are looking - very much in keeping with an aesthetic Ernst Collin would have approved of, and enjoyed.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Bone Folder Printing DONE

The printing is done, and even the printer can't believe it!

About 2.5 weeks ago I signed LOTS of colophons and mailed them back to the Boss Dog Press while they finished the title pages and frontispieces...

Then today, a box arrived with my copies in sheets to bind for the Guild of Book Workers' Formation exhibition. Great timing as I am off of work until January 3rd, so hoping to get through all the forwarding.

Final pre-sewing trim...

Don Rash and his Boss Dog Press did a really beautiful job printing this. Orders for sheets will go out shortly, and then binding starts next month!

The wait has been more than worth it. More details about the edition and ordering information here.

Thank you Don!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Colliniana 2017 - Ernst Collin Updates

As in the past 5 years, on May 31st, Ernst Collin's birthday (This would have been his 131th) I share updates from my research and findings into his life and work.

Wie in den 5 vergangenen Jahren gebe ich am 31. Mai zum Geburtstag von Ernst Collin (dies wäre sein 131. gewesen) eine Jahreszusammenfassung von Funden und Fortschritten an meinem Projekt über die Collins.

Ernst Collin

In late 2016 I was finally able to acquire the "deluxe" editions of the 1984 German and 1996 Italian Pressbengel by Ernst Collin. Very nice to have both of those. 

Spät 2016 konnte ich endlich die Vorzugsausgaben von der 1984er deutschen Ausgabe und der 1996er italienischer Ausgabe des Pressbengels von Ernst Collin erwerben. Schön jetzt beide zu haben.

The Italian deluxe edition from 1996. This copy #100.
Sewn on parchment slips with leather spine and paper covered boards.

Die italienische Vorzugsausgabe von 1996, dieses Exemplar #100.
Geheftet auf Pergamentriemen mit Lederrücken und Papier bezogene Deckel.

Regrettably, the Boss Dog Press is still in the printing stage of the letterpress English edition... The prospectus is available if you are interested in the deluxe (with leather), regular (paper case), and loose sheet editions...

The download, print, and bind version of that edition with different illustrations was made available, and has been downloaded well over 600 times in the past year or so, including for use in binding workshops.

Sehr leider läßt der Pressendruck meines englischen Pressbengels der Boss Dog Press noch auf sich warten. Das Prospectus hat aber alle angeben zu der Vorzugsausgabe in halb-Leder, der normalen in Kleisterpapier, und der losen Bogen zum selbst binden.

Die englische gratis Auflage mit Abbildungen aus Adam und Brade zum herunterladen, drucken und selbst einbinden wurde im letzten Jahr mehr als 600 mal heruntergeladen, auch für Buchbinderkurse.

W. Collin (and Ernst)

June 6th of 2016 saw the publication of my family history of the Collins (Wilhelm, Georg, Ernst) in online form, and in both English and German. As often happens (too often) some typographical and formatting errors got through, especially in the German version that needed to be corrected. Thank you online publishing.

Am 6 Juni letzten Jahres erschien meine buchbinderische Familiengeschichte der Collins (Wilhelm, Georg und Ernst) online auf Deutsch und Englisch. Wie oft (manchmal zu oft) passiert schlichen Fehler hinein die korrigiert werden mußten. Ein großes Dank an die digitale Welt wo das problemlos geht.


Die Collins: W. Collin, Hofbuchbinder & Ernst Collin, der Autor des  Pressbengels
Hier zum Download


The Collins: W. Collin, Court Bookbinders & Ernst Collin, the Author of the Pressbengel
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Included in the histories is also a title-level bibliographical listing of the publications of Ernst Collin. The master file for this is available separately online and in Google Drive... 

As a result of the publication I was fortunate to have been contacted by collectors, antiquarians, and librarians who offered suggestions, and shared images  of their bindings and other resources related to W. Collin in particular. In total, Die Collins and The Collins were downloaded over 150 times.

In den Bänden gibt es auch eine bibliographische Auflistung nach Titel der Schriften von Ernst Collin. Die Hauptdatei dazu gibt es auch hier und in tabellarischer Form bei Google Drive.

Als Resultat dieser Bänder wurde ich von Sammlern, Antiquaren, und Bibliothekaren angeschrieben die Fragen und Vorschläge hatten, aber auch Bilder von deren Einbänden teilten, sowie andere Hinweise zu ins besonders W. Collin hatten. Zusammen genommen wurden Die Collins und The Collins über 150 mal heruntergeladen.

Among these were the Bernsteinhexe and Die wahre Geschichte des Clavigo. Dates are publication dates, not binding dates. The owners were largely interested in determining the binding dates, in part due to idiosyncrasies with the bindings.

Unter den Einbänden waren die Bernsteinhexe und Die wahre Geschichte des Clavigo. Daten sind die der Herausgebung, nicht des Einbands. Die Besitzer waren hauptsächlich an einer Datierung interessiert, teils weil die Einbände Einartigkeiten hatten.

Die wahre Geschichte des Clavigo (Hamburg, 1774)

On the other end of the bookbinding spectrum, W. Collin also provided covers for periodicals (further below in link). I described W. Collin producing trade bindings in an earlier post, and was surprised to find mention of W. Collin providing just the covers, in this case for the journal Pan.

Am anderen Ende der buchbinderischen Scala stellte sich heraus das W. Collin auch Einbandecken für Zeitschriften (weiter unten in dem Link) herstellte. Ich wußte, daß W. Collin Verlagseinbände herstellte, war aber überrascht zu "entdecken" das auch nur die Decken zum späteren Einbinden hergestellt hat, in diesem Fall für Pan.

Notice about W. Collin book covers

Hinweis zu W. Collin Einbanddecken

 I also found this lovely W. Collin monogram designed by Otto Eckmann on eBay. 

Auf eBay fand ich jüngst dieses schöne Monogramm von Otto Eckmann für W. Collin entworfen.

Otto Eckmann monogram for W. Collin | Otto Eckmann Monogramm für W. Collin

Below it is dropped onto the letterhead Eckmann designed for W. Collin... I had discovered the letterhead in an article by Walter Dammann on German calligraphers. "Deutsche Schriftkünstler der Gegenwart," Das Plakat, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Vol 12, 1921.

Unten habe ich es in den Briefkopf den Eckmann für W. Collin entwurf eingefügt. Ich hatten den Briefkopf in einen Aufsatz von Walter Dammann über deutsche Schriftkünstler gefunden. "Deutsche Schriftkünstler der Gegenwart," Das Plakat, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Vol 12, 1921.

Otto Eckmann letterhead for W. Collin | Otto Eckmann Briefkopf für W. Collin

Finally, it has been nice to see the work I have done around the Collins over the past years begin showing up in antiquarian dealer and auction listings. Below two examples, one for the bindery of W. Collin, and one for Der Pressbengel.

Zum Schluß ist es schön zu sehen, daß meine Bemühungen um die Collins in den letzten Jahren anfangen in antiquarischen-/versteigerungs- Listen erwähnt werden. Unten zwei Beispiele, eins für eine Mappe von W. Collin und eins für ein Exemplar des Pressbengels.

Ernennung Bismarcks zum Ehrenmitglied des Central-Vereins für Hebung
der Deutschen Fluss- und Kanalschifffahrt, 1895

Der Pressbengel, Berlin, 1922.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Neuere Pressbengel Auflagen | Later Pressbengel Editions

Der Pressbengel von Ernst Collin erschien 1922 in einer Auflage von 1000 normalen Exemplaren, und  30 Exemplaren auf Zandersbütten die handschriftlich signiert und numeriert wurden.

Ab 1984 wurde Der Pressbengel vom Mandragora Verlag in mehreren illustrierten Auflagen mit Einleitung von Gustav Moessner neu herausgegeben. Größe der ersten Auflage war 1000 Exemplare, von der 150 Exemplare als Edelpappband mit handgemachtem Buntpapier, 500 Exemplare als Pappband und 350 in losen Bogen zum Einbinden erschienen. Die zweite Auflage erschien 1989 in 1000 Exemplaren. Illustriert wurden diese Auflagen von Leopold Reiser. Von der dritten Auflage von 1992 mit Illustrationen von Andreas Raub fehlen die Angaben zu der Anzahl von Exemplaren. Es gab auch eine „Geschenkauflage“ basierend auf der 2ten Auflage, wie die zum 25ten Jubiläum der Buchbinderei Hans Ehe.

Ernst Collin's Pressbengel first appeared 1922 in a regular edition of 1000 copies, and 30 signed and numbered copies on Zanders rag paper/

Beginning in 1984, the Pressbengel was republished by the Mandragora Verlag in several illustrated editions with introduction by Gustav Moessner. Size of the first edition was 1,000 copies with 150 copies bound as millimeter bindings with handmade decorated papers, 500 bound in paper case bindings, and 350 left unbound for binders. The 2nd edition was published with 1,000 copies. These were illustrated with drawings by Leopold Reiser. There was no indication of size for the 3rd edition illustrated by Andreas Raub. The text was also available in a promotional “give-away” edition based on 2nd edition of 1989 for clients such as that made for the Buchbinderei Hans Ehe on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Links, Einbande für die regulären Mandragora Ausgaben, rechts Sondereinband für die Buchbinderei Hans Ehe.

Binding at left for the regular Mandragora editions, at right in the binding for Buchbinderei Hans Ehe.
Titelblatt und Abbildung für Vergoldung aus der ersten [und 2.] Mandragora Ausgabe, Leopold Reiser illus.

Title page and illustration for “finishing” from first [and 2nd] Mandragora edition, Leopold Reiser illus.

Titelblatt und Abbildung für Vergoldung aus der dritten Mandragora Ausgabe, Andreas Raub illus.

Title page and illustration for “finishing” from third Mandragora edition, Andreas Raub illus.

Kolophon der ersten Ausgabe

Colophon of the first edition

Beim Erscheinen von Die Collins hatte ich leider kein Exemplar der Vorzugsausgaben vom Mandragora Verlag und Josef Weiss finden können. Jetzt aber habe ich sie!

When The Collins appeared I had not been able to locate copies of the deluxe editions from the Mandragora Verlag or Josef Weiss. Now I have them!

Edelpappband für die Vorzugsausgaben aller Auflagen.
mit Lederschienen an Ober- und Unterkante und Öltunkpapier. Dieses Exemplar #16 der 1. Auflage.

"Millimeter" binding for the deluxe editions with leather trim at top and bottom,
and marbled paper using oil paints. This example #16 from the 1st edition.

Der Pressbengel wurde 1996 von Josef Weiss als Dal Rilegatore d’Arte mit Abbildungen aus verschiedenen historischen Fachbüchern ins Italienische übersetzt. Größe der Auflage war 1000 Exemplare, davon 400 als Pappband, 100 in Leder gebunden, und 500 in losen Bögen zum Einbinden.

The Pressbengel was translated into Italian in 1996 as Dal Rilegatore d’Arte with illustrations drawn from various historic bookbinding manuals. Size of the edition was 1,000 with 400 copies bound in paper, 100 bound in leather, and 500 copies left unbound for binders.

Die reguläre italienische Ausgabe von 1996.

The regular Italian edition of 1996.

Doppelseitenansicht zu Vergolden.

Page spread for "finishing."

Kolophon | Colophon

Die italienische Vorzugsausgabe von 1996, dieses Exemplar #100.
Geheftet auf Pergamentriemen mit Lederrücken und Papier bezogene Deckel.

The Italian deluxe edition from 1996. This copy #100.
Sewn on parchment slips with leather spine and paper covered boards.