500 Handmade Books : Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form, Paperback Book

500 Handmade Books : Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form Paperback

Part of the 500 Series series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Interest in bookbinding and the related arts has exploded in the past decade, inspiring artists to explore the unlimited possibilities of the form.

This title showcases a beautiful range from the intricacies of an exotic Ethiopian binding with a show-stopping open spine to others that resemble mysterious puzzle boxes.

The sublimely talented contributors include Jeanne Germani who displays her own handmade papers, made from such varied materials as recycled denim, thistle and other plant matter, Chris Bivin whose codex-style volume features curious, tiny, found objects and Laura Wait presents a piece with handsome raised-cord binding connecting a pair of stained-cedar covers with abstract aluminum letterforms attached.

This new and provocative on-the-page gallery, richly illustrated with hundreds of breathtaking photographs, will appeal to a large and discerning audience.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 420 pages, full colour throughout, includes photographs
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Decorative arts
  • ISBN: 9781579908775



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What a wonderful book- I keep re-viewing it and studying all the fabulous books people have created. Eye candy. There is, in this particular book, very little discussion throughout the book; rather just an introduction and closing discussion. This works just fine for what it is: the energy and format were clearly focused on the images, so the rest of the book is just images of a wonderful selection of books, and if you've never known about hand-made art books before, this is a book you should at the very least browse through if not pore over, and enjoy.

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This is a beautiful book which would serve as a great source of inspiration for anyone interested in bookbinding or book arts.