Bound books have been around for centuries. We all know that. Even before the invention of the printing press, books were painstakingly copied by hand in a form that is perfectly recognizable today. After the invention of the printing press, though, things were different. Books were easy to produce, and that allowed people to get more creative about how a book should be structured. One of the oldest forms of bookbinding experimentation comes from this Bible constructed in the mid eighteenth century. Currently held at Chetham’s Library, the Bible is split in the middle through the book of Psalms and bound almost as if it were two books instead of one.
Modern bookmakers have come up with equally creative ways of putting books together. The star shape you find here, a photo album sold on Etsy, is one of the simpler twists on book-binding, the result of pulling the front and back covers together with pages carefully constructed to have the right shape when pulled out.
Another of the more creative options out there is the accordion, that lends to a smooth reading experience as the story quite literally unwinds as it is read. This selection from UK Photo Day is a showcase of pictures with quotes on the mirroring pages.
And that’s the bee’s knees for this week! Please join me next Friday for another way people blend words and pictures to create all-new forms of art. In the meantime, feel free to tell me in the comments section if there’s something you know of I should write about. Have you ever seen one of these forms of binding, or one equally unusual? Please share!