Accidental Book Art


A Millennium of the Book, Edited by Robin Myers & Michael Harris, contains seven important essays on book history.  Likely the best known to book conservators is Nicholas Pickwoad’s  “Onward and downward: how binders coped with the printing press before 1800”.

Standing upright in the middle of a section of my copy of this book is a manufacturing error— a broken sewing needle.  I can feel it’s impression on about 30 leaves before and after it.

A material manifestation of Pickwoard’s argument in the 20th century? Accidental book art?

4 Replies to “Accidental Book Art”

  1. Your have indeed been gifted and deservedly so, Jeff.
    Great stuff :the book sounds very interesting

  2. Found a needle with tread still attached in a book (17th century German with wooden boards) once. Other than seeming to miss the next station or so, the sewing continued on its merry way. Perhaps distracted by lunch, end o day, the Master’s daughter…

  3. hello dear Jeff how are hope you are fine first i have to thank you for those emails and the wonderful information you always sent it to me i would like to ask you something about the ingredients of the soda ash composition cause i need to explain to my colleagues the way you teach us to ade the 18 th french binding thank you very much
    my best regards to you

    Subject: RE: [New post] Accidental Book Art
    Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:46:10 +0200

    Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:14:31 +0000

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