[GBW] Book Review: Tricks of the Trade, Confessions of a Bookbinder by Jamie Kamph

Karen Hanmer karen at karenhanmer.com
Tue Jul 28 18:29:35 EDT 2015

Jamie Kamph. "Tricks of the Trade: Confessions of a Bookbinder." New 
Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2015. 6 x 9 inches. ISBN 9781584563341. 144 
pages. Hardcover $39.95, softcover $24.95.

Reviewed by Karen Hanmer

"Cherish each step along the way and perform it as completely and 
gracefully as possible."

Jamie Kamph’s Tricks of the Trade: Confessions of a Bookbinder is part 
memoir, part how-to, and part a collection of essays on the engineering 
aspects of binding, all gleaned from this design binder/conservator’s 
forty years of experience.

Kamph clearly and generously shares her process, though this is not 
intended to be a step-by-step manual, and the book is written with the 
experienced practitioner in mind. Binding, repair, design, and finishing 
are all addressed. Well-illustrated with diagrams and in-process photos, 
plus images of forty of her completed design bindings, the book also 
serves as a catalog of Kamph’s work.

Read the full review at


Karen Hanmer
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