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Book Binding Restoration – new program offered by San Gemini Preservation Studies in 2013

The first two weeks of the workshop involves making four facsimile of historical book binding types using original materials and tools. The purpose of this exercise is for students to understand the structure, materials and manufacturing process of each book type. The project starts by making the sections that will make up the book block for the facsimile; folding and preparing twenty sections made of four bifolia, each sewing typologies.


Some historic materials, such as parchment, are too expensive and will be substituted with modern imitations.


List of  binding facsimiles that will be made in the workshop:

1)   Unsupported sewing structure(Islamic style)Used typically from the Early Middle Ages to the 18th Century in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, commonly with book block in paper.Features: The text block will be sewn on 4 sewing stations. A spine lining of linen will be applied to secure and stabilize the book-block. Islamic end bands (primary and secondary sewing) will be executed at head and tail. The cover will be made in two halves with front flap.  
2)   Western medieval style binding Europe from 14th to 19th Centuries with parchment and paper book blocksFeatures: The book block will be sewn on 3 double cord supports with packed sewing all along. A parchment or linen spine lining will be applied on the spine between the supports (panels). Western end bands with primary and secondary sewing around cord cores will be made at head and tail. The supports will be laced through the boards. Attaching the spine lining on the inside of the boards will reinforce the board attachment.  


3) Limp parchment binding  Sewing structure commonly found in the South Western Europe from the 15th to 18th Centuries with book blocks in parchment and paperFeatures: The book block will be sewn on 3 single alum tawed supports with all along packed sewing. A spine lining of Japanese paper will be applied to the spine to secure the book block. End bands with primary sewing on alum tawed cores will be made. A soft laced cover will be applied to protect the book block.  


4) Modern western case binding: Sewing on tapes used typically from the 18th and 19th centuries with paper media.Features: The book block will be sewn on 3 linen tapes with all along sewing. A linen cloth spine lining will be placed to secure the book block. Two false end bands will be applied to the spine at head and tail. A cloth case cover will be made to cover the book block.  

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San Gemini Preservation Studies
International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

203 Seventh Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
tel. 718 768 3508