Bookbinding, And The Care Of Books [ By: Douglas Cockerell ] [NOOK Book]


Bookbinding, and the Care of Books : A Handbook for Amateurs Bookbinders & Librarians / Cockerell, Douglas ; with drawings by Noel Rooke, and other illustrations [1901]

In issuing this volume of a series of Handbooks on the Artistic
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Bookbinding, And The Care Of Books [ By: Douglas Cockerell ]

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Bookbinding, and the Care of Books : A Handbook for Amateurs Bookbinders & Librarians / Cockerell, Douglas ; with drawings by Noel Rooke, and other illustrations [1901]

In issuing this volume of a series of Handbooks on the Artistic
Crafts, it will be well to state what are our general aims.

In the first place, we wish to provide trustworthy text-books of
workshop practice, from the points of view of experts who have
critically examined the methods current in the shops, and putting
aside vain survivals, are prepared to say what is good workmanship,
and to set up a standard of quality in the crafts which are more
especially associated with design. Secondly, in doing this, we hope to
treat design itself as an essential part of good workmanship. During
the last century most of the arts, save painting and sculpture of an
academic kind, were little considered, and there was a tendency to
look on "design" as a mere matter of _appearance_. Such
"ornamentation" as there was was usually obtained by following in a
mechanical way a drawing provided by an artist who often knew little
of the technical processes involved in production. With the critical
attention given to the crafts by Ruskin and Morris, it came to be seen
that it was impossible to detach design from craft in this way, and
that, in the widest sense, true design is an inseparable element of
good quality, involving as it does the selection of good and suitable
material, contrivance for special purpose, expert workmanship, proper
finish and so on, far more than mere ornament, and indeed, that
ornamentation itself was rather an exuberance of fine workmanship than
a matter of merely abstract lines. Workmanship when separated by too
wide a gulf from fresh thought--that is, from design--inevitably
decays, and, on the other hand, ornamentation, divorced from
workmanship, is necessarily unreal, and quickly falls into
affectation. Proper ornamentation may be defined as a language
addressed to the eye; it is pleasant thought expressed in the speech
of the tool.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013214682
  • Publisher: Publish This, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 234 KB

Meet the Author

Douglas Cockerell, 1870-1945

"His artist's eye was always on the outlook for inspiration from the world around him. A simple arch, an elaborate leaf pattern, the curve of a swimming fish, and many other images and forms from nature were skillfully rendered by Cockerell into his unique and often slightly organic binding designs. As well as creating beautiful designs, Cockerell insisted on harmony between his design, the book's content, the structure of the book, and the proposed use of the volume. The high standards of craftmanship and design achieved by Cockerell in his own work and which he passed on to his students and apprentices revived and revolutionized the art of modern bookbinding."
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