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Accordion
Ace Bandage
Acetate
Alcohol

Artist’s Books

Artwork in the form of a book. Artists books are a unique intersection between the world of fine art and bookbinding. They can be almost anything, from altered books to fine bindings, large scultpural objects to miniature books, scrolls to codices, and so much more.

Artists Proof


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Backing
Backing Press
BAT (Bon á tirer)
Beeswax
Blotter paper
Board Shears
Bone Folder

Book Art

The field of art that involves the creation of works that use or refer to structural and conceptual properties of books.

Book Arts

The making or manufacture of books and all of the methods that go along with it, such as binding, printing, gilding, leatherwork, paper marbling, hot stamping, etc.

Bookbinding

The method by which book are physically assembled, usually by hand but can also refer to mechanical binding.

Book Binding Leather

Book Cloth

A fabric that has been made suitable for use as a book covering by backing it with paper or impregnating it with starch or sizing to make it impenetrable to adhesives.

Bookbinding Needle
Brayer
Broadside


C

California Job Case
California Wash
Carousel Book
Case

Chapbook

A chapbook is a small publication of up to about 40 pages, sometimes bound with a saddle stitch. Often used for poetry and self published.

Chisel
Clamps
Collagraph
Collaphon

A historical tradition in book arts. A short description of the book that may include the artist’s name, printer or press name, signature, year, edition number, printing methods, typefaces used, paper type, any other materials used, publisher, author, and any other information you’d like to include.

Concertina
Coptic Binding
Covers

Cover Weight Paper

A heavier weight paper that is rigid enough for use as a soft book cover. Common weights range from 175 to 350 grams or 60 to 130l b cover.

Crisco
Curved Needle
Cushion
Cuts
Cutting Mat


D

Davey Board

A rigid archival Board that is suitable for use as a hard book cover and for box making. Often covered with book cloth, paper, or pared leather during the process of bookbinding or box making. It comes in several thicknesses.

Decorative Paper

Democratic Multiples

“Democratic multiples” are inexpensive artists’ books sold cheaply or even given away to as many people as possible. Typically democratic multiples convey a social or political message. The artist wants to get the word out with low production costs and self-distribution, by-passing the art gallery.

Dos – i – do
Double Sided Tape
Driving Roller
Drum Leaf Binding
Drying Rack


E

Edition

End Paper

End Sheets


F

Fine Binding

Follows in the tradition of the book as precious object. An elaborate and decorative binding, example including a leather-bound book with gilt edges, raised blind stamps, raised ribs, or even a cover that is embedded with jewels or embroidered.

Flat Backed Case
Flutter Binding
Folio
Fore Edge
Full Binding
Fun Foam


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German Case
Glue brushes
Gold Leaf
Gold Leaf Knife
Grain Direction
Guillotine Cutter


H

Half Binding
Hand Press
Hand Tools

Hard Cover

A book cover made from a rigid material such as davey binders board that is often covered with bookcloth, paper, or pared leather.

Head
Head Cap
Headbands
Headbands
Heavy Duty Awl
Hinge
Hot plate
Hot Stamping Foils
Hot Stamping Machine


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Ink
Ink Slab
Inking Rollers


J

Japanese Screw Punch
Jig
Joint


K

Kettle Stitch


L

Lead Type
Leading
Leaf
Letterpress
Light Duty Awl/ Pin Tool
Limp Vellum Binding
Line Gauge
Linen Cord
Linen Tapes
Linen Thread
Lino cut
Linoleum block
Long Stitch


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Magnesiaum Carbonate
Make Ready
Metal Triangle
Methyl Cellulose
Micro Spatula
Monastic Endbands
Mono print
Mono type
Mounting Adhesive
Multi Signature
Multiple Signature Binding


N

News print
Nipping Press


O

Oil Based Ink
Ornaments


P

Page
Pallet Knives
Pamphlet
Pamphlet Binding
Paper Burnisher
Paper Case
Paper knife
Paring Knife
Paste
Paste Downs
Peak
Photopolymer plate
Pica
Platen Press
Point Size
Press Bed
Press Boards
Press Grippers
Press Guides
pressure print
Print
Printers Proof
Printmaking
Printmaking Paper
Proof
Proofing Press
Punch Tools
PVA


Q

Quarter Binding
Quoin
Quoin Key


R

Relief print
Relief printing
Remay
Roller Setting Gauge
Rotary Blade
Rounded Spine
Rounding
Rounding Hammer
Rubber Based Ink
Rubber Rollers
Rule
Ruler


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Sanding block
Scalpel/ X-acto knife
Scharf Fix/ Leather Paring Machine
Self Inking
Sets Well/ ink modifiers
Sewing Frame
Sewing Frame Keys
Signature
Signed and Numbered
Silk Thread
Slugs
Snap Blade Knife

Soft Cover


A book cover made from a flexible material such as cover weight paper.

Spacing
Spine
Splicing Knot
Sponge
Spray Bottle
Spring Dividers
Square Knot
Squares
Standing Press
Strainer
Supported Binding


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Tail
Tailbands
Teflon Folder
Text Block

Text Weight Paper


A light weight paper suitable for use as the pages of a book. Common weights are between 75 to 150 grams or 20lb to 100lb text.

Tin Sheet
Tipping in
Transparent Base/ Transparent White
Tunnel Book
Turn In
Type
Type Cabinet
Type Case
Type Face
Type Form
Type High


U

Unsupported Binding


V

Valley
Vandercook
Variable Edition


W

Wax Paper
Waxed Linen Thread
Weaver’s Knot
Weights
Wood cut
Wood Type


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Y


Z

Zines

Small booklets that are used to disseminate information usually related to a single topic, issue, or political or social movement. They are usually produced in a fast and inexpensive way in order to make them accessible to the most amount of people. An example of Democratic Multiples.

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