This title, written by a master bookbinder attempts to provide a comprehensive treatment of the subject, providing both a description of the operation of binding a book and reasons for binding in particular ways. Numerous illustrations are included to demonstrate early and modern bindings. The author has been responsible for developing new techniques in the field, and his techniques are included in the appendix. Topics covered include folding, collating, and knocking out joints; paring paper, soaking off India proofs, mounting thin paper, splitting paper, and inlaying; sizing, washing, and mending; pressing and end papers; trimming edges; attaching boards; tooling; clasps and ties; pastes and glues; re-backing; and many others. Also included is a chapter on the care of books when bound, as well as a section on specifications, a glossary, and an index. A separate invitation for a German Bookbinding conference by Ludwig Schultheis Verlag from March 4-7, 1983 is also included.