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Re: [BKARTS] identifying binders of fine bindings

In a message dated 8/13/02 2:45:01 PM, bookbinder@RGISP.COM writes:

<< Yesterday, a gentleman wrote a note asking how one identifies the
binder(s) of fine bindings.  >>

Unfortunately, it seems that many Fine Bindings are not signed by the binder. 
There may be a variety of reasons why it is not done, but none of those 
reasons seem good enough. 
In the case of my mentor, Bill Anthony, I think it was humility. I think he 
was wrong to not sign his bindings, and a client finally persuaded him to add 
his name to the lower turn-in of the inside back cover. Other binders may 
imprint their name on a flyleaf, or adhere a small label in a similar place.
At one time, I started an article for the Guild Of Book Workers on this 
topic. Unfortunately, it was never finished. I feel that it is important to 
identify our work, not only for the binders name, but also to provide some 
information (such as the date) that will help us identify some of the 
materials and techniques that may have been used. As we examine bindings that 
were done years ago, we can learn from the work of our predecessors. 
(Note: this reply goes hand-in-hand with a comment that I made about "Michel 
Duval marble papers" which is added here:

In a message dated 8/12/02 1:15:42 PM, lehmann@LEHMANNBINDERY.COM writes:

<< .... Duval is considered by many to have been one of France’s best

marblers.  He passed away about 10 years ago, taking his marbling

secrets with him.....   >>

This may open a "Can of Worms" for some? -----
WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!! -- To Live one's life and accomplish something that is 
admired by many, ---- then, to die and to take your secrets with you. 
Hopefully, this is not the norm for most of today's creative/crafts people. 
If there is to be progress, we should be willing to share our ideas with 
someone, or at least to write down our ideas/our secrets for use after our 
death. Otherwise, the secret dies with you, and you leave no legacy. Your 
IDEAS, and your name will live on, only if you share your life's work with 
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA   16695
fax 814-793-4045 

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