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Published annually and distributed free to members, BOOKBINDER is the society's flagship journal. First produced in 1987, it features articles on a wide range of topics. As well as the many practical, artistic and historical aspects of bookbinding, other book- and binding-related subjects are also covered.

BOOKBINDER also regularly contains step-by-step, picture-based tutorials as well as contributions by – or about – some of our most renowned and respected binders.

Several recent bindings by SoB members are featured in each issue and, every other year, the journal includes a comprehensive review of the society's International Bookbinding Competition.

Back issues of those volumes still in print are available from the J. Hewit & Sons website.

If you would like to submit an article, please contact the editors:
bb.editor @ societyofbookbinders.com

VOLUME 1: 1987

Michael Duckworth: John Leslie Coleman F.R.S.A.
Mirjam M. Foot: Preserving Books and Their History
Donald Gubbins: Domesday Rebound 1986
George Barlee: Alum Tawed Leathers: A Reappraisal
William Bull: Rebinding Islamic Manuscripts: A New Direction
John Morris: Wheels and Herringbones: Some Scottish Bindings 1678-1773
Willem P. Visscher: Parchment, Vellum and William Cowley

Editor: William Bull

VOLUME 2: 1988

Frank Broomhead: Profile: Bernard Chester Middleton M.B.E.
Tanya Schmoller: Collecting Decorated Papers
Derek Allen: The Book Wonderful: The Great Omar
B. Haines & C. Calnan: The Development of a Stable Binding Leather
William Bull: A Photograph Album
Barry Sitch: From Gold Leaf to Holograms: gold leaf production
Sandy Cole: The Permanence of Paper
J. Brian Edwards: Looking Back
Bernard C. Middleton: Obituary: Sidney Morris Cockerell O.B.E.

Editor: William Bull

VOLUME 3: 1989

John L. Coleman: Profile: John Edward McIntyre F.S.O.B.B.R.
James Brockman: One Kind of Training: recollections
Richard Hills: Paper for Books, Advances and Disasters
Michael Wilcox: Making Cloisonné-style Blocks and Finishing Tools
Silim Quraishi: A Survey of the Development of Papermaking in Islamic Countries
Rolando Biondi: An Alternative Method for Re-attaching Boards to a Bookblock
Graham Day: Abri: The Mysterious Art of Paper Marbling
Jack C. Thompson: Technology of the Medieval Book: Hog Bristles, Needles & Wooden Boards

Editor: William Bull

VOLUME 4: 1990

Trevor Jones: Getting Down To It - Binding a Miniature Book
Michael Duckworth: 'For the Encouragement of Learning': the binding of...
Philip Smith: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville: the binding of...
Dorothy Smith: Letter from Prague: visit to a Book Arts Conference in Czechoslovakia
Sam Ellenport: The New Craftsmen: address to bookbinding students, 1937
Ron Clarke: Members' Portfolios

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 5: 1991

Brian Chipperfield: Binding by Design
Michael Duckworth: Simple Deacidification
Derek Nuttal: Growth of the Bookbinding Trade in Cheshire
Philip Smith: The Binding of 'King Lear'
John C. Vivian: Some Notes on the Traditions of Gold Tooling
Derek Beck: Designing to Some Purpose: bookbinding equipment
Jill Scott: The Evolution of a bookbinder: (Paul C. Delrue)
John Mitchell: Restoration of Leather Bindings

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 6: 1992

Chris Mackinven: Profile of Tom Valentine
Trevor Jones: Starch-grain Decorated Papers for Bookbinding
Bernard C. Middleton: Blunders and Set-backs
Vivian Taylor: The Development of Cloth as a Binding Material
John Mitchell: Basic Edge Colouring
Richard Norman: The Restoration of a Papier Maché Binding
John Coleman: The Trials and Tribulations of a Bookbinder
Chris Laver: One Eye Over My Shoulder: archival handmade paper

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 7: 1993

George Barlee: A Profile
Ann Muir: Marbling: Dots with a Little Dash
Jeff Clements: Time Was, Time Is: recollections and thoughts on design
R. J. Barlee: Aluminium and Semi-Aluminium Tannages
Frank Hippman: Book Review: A Craftsman's Guide to Edge Decoration
Philip Smith: Some Lateral Thinking on Book Structure
Anne M. Gundersen: Clasps applied - Changes Through Time and Cultural Sphere
John Mitchell: Blocking

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 8: 1994

Mel Jefferson: The Binding of the Beast: (Bestiary)
Nick Cowlishaw: An Alternative Approach to Vellum Binding
Jill Sellars: Finding a Voice: interview with Paul C. Delrue
Arthur W. Johnson: Ways and Means: leather joints & doublures
Jan Sabota & Jarmila Sobotova: A Bookbinding Odyssey
Eric Burdett: Thomas Harrison - Master Craftsman 1876-1955
Nolan Watts: Preserving Skills for Future Generations
Anthony Dowd: The Binder and the Private Press in 20th Century Britain

Editor: Ron Clarke

VOLUME 9: 1995

Ron Clarke: An Amateur Bookbinder's Tale
Tony Ward: An Introduction to Bound Account Books
Arthur W. Johnson: Paper: - Some of its Varieties
Rodney Hobbs: Univ. of Birmingham Library New Bindery & Conservation Unit
Sif Dagmar Dornheim: Songs, Poems and Miscellanea in the Bookbinding Trade
Robert Sheehy: The Re-attachment of Covers on Tight-Back Bindings
John Mitchell - A Profile
Frank Hippman: The History of the Society of Bookbinders
Jill Sellars: 1995 Competition
A Passion for Bookbinding - Maureen Duke: profile
Chris Laver-Gibbs: British 19th Century Papers
Maureen Duke: The Romanian Enterprise: teaching expedition

Editors: Liz Anderton & Dermott Creece

VOLUME 10: 1996

John Mitchell: The Need for Education in Bookbinding
J. Rosemary Greager: There's a Book in There Somewhere: books with paintings
Maureen Duke: Are You Working Comfortably?: bindery ergonomics
Sif Dagmar Dornheim: The Bookbinders' Half-Hour Tea Strike, 1806
Sally Martin: Bookbinding Equipment
John Allison: Cuir-Ciselé
David and Jill Sellars: Countdown to Booker: presentation binding against the clock
Edmund King: Victorian Books with Decorated Cloth Covers

Editors: Liz Anderton & Dermott Creece

VOLUME 11: 1997

Tony Ward: Profile of our New Chairman
Malcolm Lamb: Thank you, Nigeria
Maureen Duke & Gina Isaac: Gina Isaac in Conversation with Maureen Duke
Peter Corley: Bindings in the Emery Walker Library
John Orr: New Techniques with Wooden Boards: The Binding of St. Matheu
R. E. Childs: Effects of Fungal Attack & Insect Pests on Archive Collections
Roger J. Trise: 'For the Love of the Binding': Samuel Pepys on books
Jill Sellars: The Society of Bookbinders Competition, 1997
Victoria Hall: A Marbler's Journey: marbling conference, Istanbul, 1997

Editors: Liz Anderton & Dermott Creece

VOLUME 12: 1998

Mark Cockram: Studio Livre, Jinbochou, Tokyo
Keith Clayton: SoB: On Line: the Society's website
Gene Mahon: K-118: flexible binding structure
Nicholas Spencer: The Bindery At Quarr Abbey
Mel Jefferson: In Conservation with Jim Brockman:interview
John van Oosterom: Hand Papermaking
Mel Jefferson: A (Book) Buring Question: thoughts on a merger with DBs
Paul C. Delrue: The Binding of The Book of Jonah: day-by-day account
Julian Thomas: On the Edge: step-by-step edge gilding
Anthony Cains: Apollo & Pegasus: a recently discovered Medallion Binding

Editor: Mel Jefferson

VOLUME 13: 1999

Mel Jefferson: Hands On: an interview with Gavin Rookledge
Maureen Watry: Hidden Treasurers: Liverpool University's Special Collections
Geoff Brown: A Week in the Life of a Bindery
Mike Duckworth: Like Topsy, It Grew!: The Society's first 25 years
Rob Shepherd: Lost at Sea: colourizing The Great Omar
J. Brian Edwards: Jubilee Bookbinding Competition, 1999
Mel Jefferson: Mind Over Matter: an interview with Philip Smith
Owen Bradford: Welcome to the Future: mechanized journal binding
Arthur Johnson: Top Tips: bookbinding gadgets
J. Brian Edwards: Bookbinding in Georgian & Victorian Bath
Tony Bish: Bits & Pieces: conservation in Jerusalem
Terry Buckley: Saint Jean-de-Luz/LCP: trip to a French exhibition/competition

Editor: Mel Jefferson

VOLUME 14: 2000

Mark Ramsden: The Binding of The Ancient Mariner
Gerald Nason: Yes, But Is It Bookbinding?: take your Sellotape, Tippex & some coffee…
John Gardner: An Apprenticeship Remembered
Mark Pinney & Bex Marriott: Change or Decay?: a review of bookbinding education
Julian Thomas: Hidden Treasurers: fine bindings from the National Library of Wales
Mel Jefferson: The Quiet One: an interview with Flora Ginn
Bernard Middleton MBE: bcm@rit: a library transplanted
Carmencho Arregui: The Label Binding: a simple, non-adhesive flexible structure
John Mitchell: Chalk & Cheese: two very different binding styles
Jim Brockman: Rigid Flexibility: The Concave Spine binding structure

Editor: Mel Jefferson

VOLUME 15: 2001

Flora Ginn: A Patron's Portrait: a sketch of the man behind the reputation
J. Brian Edwards: The Cambridge Panel: the judges' verdict at Homerton College 2001
Jozsef Sisitka: Water Resistant: a papermill on the river Thames
Dominic Wall: An Introduction to Parchment: just what is parchment?
David Grange: Time Honoured: a traditional Book of Hours for the 21st Century
Alan Gardiner: The Belgian Experience: training across the Channel
Glenn Bartley: Dyeing Art: airbrushing on vellum - an expert reveals all
Mel Jefferson: Jones the Book: an interview with Trevor Jones
Arthur W. Johnson: The Teacher's Tale: adventures along the way

Editors: Isabel Clark & Alan Isaac

VOLUME 16: 2002

Anthony Dowd: Collecting Modern Bindings: public/private initiative at John Rylands Library
Philippa Marks: Binders and Keepers: an insider's view on binding at the BL
Trevor Lloyd: Cast in Brass: finishing tools made by ABS
J. Brockman & G. Cumming: Education & Training: the search for a way forward
Esther Potter: Good Book Binders: nineteenth century bible bindings
Clive Hurst: 'Wonderful Things': bindings from the Bod
Alan Isaac: Making Good: an interview with Trevor Lloyd
Ann Websper: Aya Nishio - an Appreciation: an insight into a promising talent form Japan

Editors: Isabel Clark & Alan Isaac

VOLUME 17: 2003

various: William Matthews: master craftsman
Pascal Fulacher: Bookbinding Schools in France: stability & diversity
Hidden Treasures from the Royal Collection
John Westwood: Designing for the Folio Society: blocking on publishers' cloth cases
Stuart Brockman: Competition 2003: a report from The organiser
Christine Gibbs: Colouring Paper: some methods used during the late 19th & 20th Century
James Brockman: The Silver Kelmscott Chaucer: the bookbinder's tale
George Davidson: Adhesives: getting to grips with the technology
Sabine Pierard: Eryldene: bookbinding exhibition in Sidney, 2003
Arthur W. Johnson: Linings & Warpings: to withstand the test of time
Martin Andrews: The Book Designs of Robert Gibbings
Roy Thomson: Towards a Longer Lasting Leather: a summary of the CRAFT leather project

Editors: Isabel Clark & Trevor Lloyd

VOLUME 18: 2004

Trevor Lloyd: Tools from Toowoomba: binding tools & equipment by Frank Weisner
Tony Clark: Sew?: a short history of 'perfect' binding
Victoria Hall: Classic Marbles: identification & appreciation
Alan Isaac: Dutch Gilding: an interview with Geert van Daal
Arthur W. Johnson: Let's Get Practical #1: blind tooling
Stephen Thompsom: Family Fortunes: papermaking in the Eden valley
Arthur W. Johnson: Let's Get Practical #2: doublures
David Penton: Bookbinding in Delhi: a subcontinental odyssey
Dominic Riley & John DeMerritt: Factory Manoeuvres: trade binding in London, 1780-1850
Barry McKay: Foxe's Book of Martyrs: a history

Editors: Isabel Clark & Trevor Lloyd

VOLUME 19: 2005

Alex McGuckin: Michael Wilcox & Courtland Benson: two very different Canadian binders
Arthur W. Johnson: Working with Vellum:…without crossing your fingers
Stuart Brockman: SoB International Competition 2005: a review
Nick Cowlishaw: Making a Chemise & Slipcase: step by step illustrated tutorial
Tim Gulliford: Bound by Alvah Cook: a mysterious binder from Bath
Jon Gilbert: The Question of the Cosway Binding: …and the answer
Richard Smart: The Seventh Book of Remembrance: lest we forget
Dominic Riley: Wooden Boarded Binding Structures : a brief historical outline

Editors: Isabel Clark & Trevor Lloyd

VOLUME 20: 2006

Karen Vidler: What's the Damage?: leather deterioration
Dominic Riley: The Millimetre Binding: step-by-step tutorial
David Hollin: Cockerell Papers: a marbler at work
Pamela Birch: Treasure Islands: Gavin Rookledge, commissioned
Alex McGuckin: Northampton Bound: the story of Birdsall & Son
David Penton: When is a Book Not a Book: when it's a sculpture
Alan Isaac: Cottage Industry: interview with Daphne Beaumont Wright
Trevor Lloyd: The Pull-Apart Case: step by step illustrated tutorial
Pamela Birch & Blake Smith: Index to Vols. 1-20

Editors: Trevor Lloyd & Gordon Hartley

VOLUME 21: 2007

Gordon Hartley: Complete Yorkshire: step-by-step edge gilding with Bob Holroyd
David Pearson: Common or Garden: in praise of 'ordinary' bindings
Yvette Fletcher: Skin Care: The Leather Conservation Centre
Stuart Brockman: SoB International Competition 2007: review & winning bindings
Dominic Riley: London Strife: the 1786 bookbinding strike
David Penton: A Matter of Opinion: Mark Cockram - a profile

Editors: Trevor Lloyd & Gordon Hartley

VOLUME 22: 2008

Graham Moss: Ann Muir 1939-2008: an obituary
Mel Jefferson: Bookbiker: an interview with Glenn Bartley
Alfref H Shorter: Paper Making & Water Paper Mills in England: a brief history
Wesley Baker: Clamming up: step-by-step boxmaking
David Penton: Easy on the Fevicol!: bookbinding tuition in India
Sonja Schwoll: Sorting the Inside Out: paper repair for bookbinders
Alan Fitch: Jemima: a binding by Gavin Rookledge
Pamela Birch: Cover Story: bookbinding exhibition in Northampton

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 23: 2009

Gene Riley: A Tale of Four Halves: Mary Cartwright, lady bookbinder
Ian Andrews: Pattern Recognition: determining age via design
Doug Rice: Master Classes: binders from the Central School
Sayaka Fukuda: Japanese Lacquered Albums: their heritage, problems & repair
Stuart Brockman: SoB International Competition 2009: all the winners from Warwick
Dave Perry: It's a Fine Line: tooling à la Cobden-Sanderson
Sam Ellenport: A Bookbinding Anomaly: linked-spine designs
Richard Aitken: Book of the Dyeing: ledger conservation

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 24: 2010

Paul S. Smith: In the Gothic Mould: one man's papier maché…
Robert Hamer: Jigs & Theses: double-fanned adhesive binding
Chris Calver: Anthony Gardner OBE: a report from our private detective
Stuart Brockman: Collaboration: the binding of the Highgrove Florilegium
Kathy Abbott: Binder's Choice: bindings by Tomorrow's Past
Nick Cowlishaw: The Cambridge Panel: don't throw that old toothbrush away!
Alan Fitch: Hebridean Colours: an interview with Corinna Krause
Gene Riley: Squaring the Circle: emergency conservation in the field

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 25: 2011

Alan Fitch: Forwarded But Not Yet Finished: an interview with Julian Thomas MBE
Arthur Green: A Springback Stationery Binding: a step-by-step tutorial
Arthur Green & Hannah Brown: SoB International Competition 2011: review & prizewinners
Lester Capon: High Church: extreme conservation in Ethiopia
Samantha Elliot: The Vanishing Art of Fore-edge Painting: now you see it…
Ann Tomalak: Preserving Tomorrow's Past: conserving Edgar Mansfield's artwork
Raymond Bonnett: Foxing: to bleach or not to bleach…

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 26: 2012

Dominic Riley: Cloth Rebacking: step-by-step tutorial
Glenn Bartley with Trevor Lloyd & Mel Jefferson: The Russian Project: an Eastern (text) block
Stuart Southall: 10+1: a collector's choice
Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo: The Lamellae Binding: step-by-step tutorial
David Sellars: Mr Dickens' Drood: a tale of one binding
Antonio Vélez Celemin: Choose a Chameleon…: Spanish marbling
Alan Fitch: Forwarded But Not Yet Finished #2: an interview with Alan Wood

Editors: Alan Fitch & Paul Gailiunas

VOLUME 27: 2013

Trevor Lloyd: In The Round: centrifugal casting of finishing tools by Stewart Field
Mark Harrison: Titling by Hand with Gold Leaf: step-by-step for beginners
Hannah Brown & Arthur Green: SoB International Competition 2013: review & prizewinners
John Burton: Boxer Rebellion: the container as sculpture
Sayaka Fukuda: Japanese Papermaking in Kochi: a brief history & current practices
Alex McGuckin: The Anatomy of a Book: a (miniature) bindery in a box
Anne Roberts: A Time to Print and a Time to Bind: an interview with Alan Fitch

Editor: Anne Roberts

VOLUME 28: 2014

Hannah Brown: Mayflies of the Driftless Region: how to embroider on leather
Richard Nichols: Case Studies in Conservation: working in the book's best interests
Philippa Räder: A Royal Restoration: rebinding Audubon's big book
Anne Roberts: Binding Partnerships: an interview with Stuart & Louise Brockman
Tony Russ: The Cuir Ciselé Binding: stippling for beginners
Ian Andrews: Fans, Lace and Tulips: must-have gold designs
Sue Hufton: The Saint John's Bible Project: a calligrapher's pursuit of perfection

Editor: Anne Roberts

VOLUME 29: 2015

Dominic Riley: Let the Games Begin!: rebinding of a volume from 1636
Maureen Duke: Kalahari Kaskenades: recycling a discarded volume as an artist's book
Arthur Green & Hannah Brown: SoB International Competition 2015: review
Abigail Bainbridge: Protecting a Slim Volume: single section binding
Michael Kelly: The King's Grave: Richard III rebound
Isobel Griffin & Claire Thomson: Conservation of the Glenmasan Manuscript
Jan Zimmerlich: Woven Structure Binding
Anne Roberts: Keep at It Lass!: interview with Ann Tout

Editor: Anne Roberts

VOLUME 30: 2016

Kathy Sedar: The St Cuthbert Gospel: the art and craft of replication
Glenn Bartley: A Library Benefaction Book: spot the typo
Glenn Malkin: Straightforward Slipcases: step-by-step tutorial
Howard M Nixon: British Aid For Florence: after the deluge
Paul C Delrue: Florence Fifty Years Ago: a personal memoir
Kathy Abbott: The Conservation of Sacred Dramas: contemporary conservation
Jasdip Singh Dhillon: The 'Pothi Seva' Endband: evolving a new endband
James Cassels: Cord Extensions: spot the repair
Elizabeth Neville: Aero Cotton and Aero Linen: chocks away!
Anne Roberts: 'Pass it on, Boys': an interview with Dominic Riley

Editor: Anne Roberts

An index of volumes 1 – 30 of BOOKBINDER in PFD form can be viewed/downloaded here.