I made this video about book anatomy quite a few years ago. It still has good information. I explain the difference between case-bound and bound-in-boards books with illustrations. These are the two main kinds of book styles but there are many others. You might be thinking of paperbacks and pamphlet bound books right off the bat. There are many other kinds as well and there are some books devoted to just this topic such as Szirmai’s Archeology of Medieval Bookbinding which goes into incredible detail.
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PERPETUAL CAVEAT: Never repair rare and/or scarce books. When in doubt only do preservation treatments and consult an accredited professional.
Included in This Lesson:
- 5 minutes of Video
- General Book Anatomy Terminology
- Illustration of a bound-in-boards book
- Illustration of case-bound book
Larger images in the lesson!
For more information about helpful terminology go to 1-202 Book Repair Tools and Materials Lists