[GBW] New book on historical bindings - now available!

Zachary, Shannon szachary at umich.edu
Tue Dec 14 14:18:03 EST 2010

Snowstorms caused some glitches over the weekend, but Julia Miller¹s book is
now released and available for purchase through the Legacy Press website,

Apologies to those who tried earlier and got a "not available" message.

> From: <Zachary>, Shannon Zachary <szachary at umich.edu>
> Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 08:26:06 -0500
> To: <GBW at mailman.lib.msu.edu>
> Conversation: New book on historical bindings
> Subject: New book on historical bindings
> I  am delighted to announce the publication of Books Will Speak Plain: A
> Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings, by Julia
> Miller.
> Miller, a book conservator turned researcher, provides a broad introduction
> to the structural and technical history of bookbindings and an extensive
> glossary of terms. The concluding chapters cover guidelines for writing
> descriptions of bindings, whether in the context of a MARC record, a sales
> catalog, or a private collection. Extensive illustrations in the text and
> nearly fifteen hundred searchable color images with descriptions on the
> accompanying DVD make the handbook a rich reference source for conservators,
> librarians, booksellers, bibliophiles, and students of the history of the
> book.
> The book has an unabashed ulterior motive: appalled by the losses and damage
> inflicted on historical bindings by ill-informed but well-meaning caretakers
> and repairers, Miller has written an accessable guide to help everyone
> involved appreciate the significance of even mundane-looking bindings.
> Julia Miller, Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and
> Describing Historical Bindings. Ann Arbor: The Legacy Press, 2010.
> ISBN:  978-0-9797974-3-9  $80.00  592pp., 374 illustrations in the
> text, many in color, bound in cloth and sewn. Accompanying DVD with
> 1,471 color images and captions (searchable).
> For additional information and orders: www.thelegacypress.com
> Contents:
> Preface and Acknowledgements
> Introduction. The Purpose of This Handbook
> Chapter 1. The Early History of the Codex
> Chapter 2. The Medieval Manuscript Book and Beyond
> Chapter 3.  1450 to 1800: The Book Changes Radically
> Chapter 4. The Book from 1800 to 1900
> Chapter 5. Identifying Binding Materials and Applications
> Chapter 6. Describing Historical Bindings: a Template for Action
> Chapter 7. The Task Ahead and Conclusion
> Appendix 1. Historical Bindings: Structure and Style Hierarchy
> Appendix 2. Sample Survey Suggestions and Description Case Studies
> Appendix 3. Stacks Maintenance and Physical Condition Assessment Guidelines
> Glossary
> Bibliography
> Index
> Permissions
> Colophon
> --
> Shannon Zachary
> Head, Preservation & Conservation
> University Library, University of Michigan

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