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Re: [BKARTS] Endpapers--Why are they used?



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[mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Ben Wiens
>[...] I have seen some cloth softcover as well as case bound sewn books
>that did not use endpapers at all. They simply glued the outer page of the
>first and last signatures to the cover. The outer folded page in a sewn
book
>has a much more gradual bend in it than an endpaper and so is not as prone
>to tearing. [...] So what's wrong with this method and why is it hardly
ever used?

I suspect that this method requires more coordination between the
typesetter, printer, and bookbinder than could have been expected in past
times, since the printer has to modify the page imposition to make sure the
first and last sections of the book start/end with a sheet blank on both
sides.

As well, when the hinge *does* eventually give out, it is rather difficult
to fix, and in addition, there is now a single loose page somewhere in the
text block. You could just tip in the loose page, and recover using
traditional endpaper methods. Alternatively you can disassemble the entire
book block, use a sheetcaster and/or fine paper and paste to join the loose
page to a new endpaper, and resew and reassemble the book again, which is
more work than went into the original binding.

Finally, this method requires that the inside of the book cover be the same
paper as the book block pages, unless a decorative sheet is pasted down over
it.
-Kevin Martin
 the Papertrail

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