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Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts


Suave Mechanicals

Essays on the History of Bookbinding


Vol. 6



Julia Miller, editor

Vol. 6 is expected in early 2020, and essay topics include:


•  tacketed account books

•  Anabaptist bookbindings

•  origins and future of the University of Iowa bookbinding model collection

•  increasing visibility and access to historical binding collections

•  a late-Coptic binding with bridled leather boards

•  physical evidence of curtains added to medieval manuscripts

•  publishers’ square-back case bindings, late 20th century

•  traditional use of plough and trindles for trimming book edges


Editor: Julia Miller has written extensively about the history of bookbinding. Her background is in book conservation and in teaching historical structures.


We are taking essays for Vol. 7, and if you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information, please email Julia: