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Re: [BKARTS] Endpaper Goof


You are to be congratulated on your attempt to do a good bookbinding job. As
Beverly Schee said in her post, all is not lost. Her advice on what to do to
correct your error is good. I'd like to add to that.

There are many ways to make endpapers, the least satisfactory being a single
folded paper tipped in by pasting the flyleaf to the first (and last) text
pages, 1/8" along the fold. As  a book restorer, I can tell you that almost
all books that come to me with broken hinges have the first page of the text
block torn away with the flyleaf because of the "drag" on the sheet every
time the book is opened.

As the result of much experience, I never tip in endpapers in repairing
books or making new ones. First, I determine if the old book needs to be
resewn or just have the spine relined. Then, after I've done any spine
repair, I separate the text page from the flyleaf, resew the first
signature, or attach it to the signature with a guard made of Japanese
paper. Finally, I use another strip of Japanese paper as an inner hinge to
attach the first signature to the flyleaf. The book opens all the way to the
spine and there is no drag on opening the book.

In making new books, I always make endpapers as separate signatures attached
to the text block with inner hinges as described by Laura S. Young in her
"Bookbinding & Conservation by Hand."

Most books on traditional bookbinding will have information on endpapers. My
favorite is Laurence Town's "Bookbinding by hand." The chapter on endpapers
is quite complete and detailed.

Good luck! Keep experimenting and learning.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Wolford" <kathleenwolford@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 12:30 PM
Subject: [BKARTS] Endpaper Goof

> I have just sewn my first multiple-signature textblock
> (yea) and see that I've erred in making the first and
> last signature each one heavy folded piece of
> beautiful handmade paper so that the book would have
> nice endpaper (and flypaper).  I pasted down the tapes
> to the endpaper and see now (I'm following a book that
> I don't have with me as I write) I'm supposed to paste
> the super down and then CUT the paper off to the super
> and tape.  Yikes.
> Is this one reason why you make casebound books?  How
> can I do this in the future and have nice endpaper
> without tipping it in?  It seems to me that endpaper
> in a single signature book is an important part of the
> strength, which would be even more important in a book
> with more signatures.  Would you have the first and
> last signatures be plain paper and the second and next
> to last nice paper and then paste down to the board
> the rest of the plain paper and the nice paper over
> it?
> =====
> Kathleen S. Wolford, Mineral Springs, Pa., kathleenwolford@xxxxxxxxx
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