Bonjour mes amis!
As promised I'll be posting notes here regarding the bookbinding process in the 19th century. My primary source is "The Art of Bookbinding: The Classic Victorian Handbook" by Joseph Zaehnsdorf. The second edition of this book was published in 1890, but many of the same principles are applicable in the bookbinding processes of 1830.
Zaehnsdorf's book is primarily concerned with the creation of fine folios and library editions; the creation of say, a revolutionary pamphlet, would perhaps be a little simpler.
The process could entail these steps:
1. Folding and refolding (refolding if one wanted to bind huge serial volumes that had been previously bound)
2. Beating/rolling the book
3. Collating and interleaving the pages
4. Marking up/sawing in the margins for the sewing and binding
5. Sewing (there are two types o sewing)
6. "Forwarding": formatting the end papers of a desired color to the specifications of the book
7. Pasting up the first and last pages
8. Attaching the end papers
9. Trimming the book
10. Gluing the various sections of the book together
11.Making the backing: rounding, creating the backboard
Then the book's edges could be finished with gilt prior to covering the book with leather, vellum. parchment or other materials. Only then could one make an elaborated, embossed cover with varying motifs.
There's also a section on cleaning books and removing stains
Still reading this manual, will comment regarding relevant tidbits as I go along!
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