compose your own

Bookbinding Across Time and Cultures

a teaching set of historical bookbinding types now available as individual model bookbindings

This set of ten exemplary bookbinding structures provides students with a conscious experience of book handling and innovations of the codex mechanism. The craft quality of each binding, their cut-away reveals and authentic historical materials and the comparative array of the types all provoke student curiosity. You can also compose your own by selecting needed demonstration bookbindings.

The full sized binding models included are; (1) the papyrus codex of late Antiquity ($250), (2) the Ethiopian codex with parchment leaves ($150), (3) an early long-stitch paper account book ($250), (4) the classic 16th c. wooden board binding ($750), (5) a 17th c. Italian limp vellum binding ($250), (6) the 18th c. leather covered bookbinding ($350), (7) an 18th c. German paper cover case binding ($250), (8) the in-boards cloth edition binding ($150), (9) the 19th c. cloth case binding ($150), and (10) a contemporary sewn boards edition binding ($200).

The ten volume studio session is prompted by an instructor tutorial and the set is housed in a custom-made enclosure for convenient shelving and classroom transport. The cost of the set is $3,000 plus shipping. Delivery is provided within two months of an order.

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new editions


The Future of the Book: A Way Forward, Iowa Book Works, 2012. A useful evaluation of implications of dual – screen and paper – book delivery. This zany, and informative publication is readable. Also,  Adventures in Book Preservation, Iowa Book Works, 2012, a strategic composite of book conservation and library preservation. Also just released; Commonplace Book, Iowa Book Works, 2012, all the good stuff from postings at futureofthebook.com from 2006 to 2012.

These books are home made at the fabled workshop of IBW and (not yet) available in electronic format. Each is just $10 plus $3 shipping (multiples for $3 shipping). Each is 100 pages loaded with graphics, elegantly trimmed and securely bound. Send no money. Your mailing address will trigger the order with invoice to follow with delivery. Pay only if dumbfounded or enraptured. iowa.book.works (at) mchsi (dot) com

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Ethiopian Production

Iowa Book Works has recently completed another bulk order of twenty 5 by 7 inch Ethiopian Bookbinding Kits.  These feature beautiful quarter-sawn White Oak boards.

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two new books

Iowa Book Works fabulous new books are now ready for shipment! Future of the Book: A Way Forward and Adventures in Book Conservation: An Album of Investigations are informative and fun and loaded with pictures and strange news.

These books are produced right here in our Coralville, IA studio on Ricoh and Canon copiers using Weyerhauser (now Domtar) Cougar opaque, 60 lb text, natural (now Digital Choice). They are cheap at $10 each plus $3 shipping (order both for a single shipping charge). No pre-payment is needed; just supply a mailing address with subject “book order” to iowa.book.works (at) mchsi (dot) com. Best wishes, Gary

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BookNotes

Joyce at the Iowa Book Works has just completed 100 Ethiopian book binding kits. This must be some kind of record! 1200 perfectly drilled and cut lacing paths!

HOW TO ORDER IOWA BOOK WORKS Products: To order send an email to iowa.book.works@mchsi.com. Please include your mailing address when ordering.

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BookNotes

***Iowa Book Works preserves Peruvian libraries

We are off again (May 2010) to assist the reinstallation of the exhibits at the Recoleta. For more on this high adventure project go to the blog site.

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***production project

Iowa Book Works is binding over 500 copies of a
facsimile letterpress edition of early letters of Samuel Clemens. This is a project for Keokuk Public Library.

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***story of the book

Iowa Book Works supplies book craft kits that enliven and accentuate learning. The popular Ethiopian book kit with its Mahdar amulet case provides cultural lessons in the advent of the codex. Amana and Nauvoo pioneer book kits engage hands and mind as students learn of life in 19th century United States. The modern sewn boards book kit provides an adventure in future prospects for the codex. The comprehensive model set of ten historical bookbinding types supports advanced book studies as it provides tactile and structural understanding of the codex mechanism. These and other Iowa Book Works products and services support education in the history of the book.

Instructors in book arts and history of the book, in context of home schooling or university programs, will appreciate the elegance and efficiency of Iowa Book Works support. Kits include precision cut components and specialized construction supplies. Clear and complete illustrated instructions supervise class room activities while opening opportunities for discussion and wider teaching.
The teaching set of historical bookbindings includes a complete tutorial of the structure and reading actions of books across an immense sweep of time and cultures. The classroom experience is invigorating and quickly prompts advanced student projects.

Iowa Book Works expert staff of Joyce Miller and Gary Frost provide a further resource for book arts and book studies instructors. We will gladly support special projects and learning agendas. We will work with you to create your own book studies program from beginning reading to graduate assignments.

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HOW TO ORDER IOWA BOOK WORKS Products To order send an email to iowa.book.works@mchsi.com. Please include your mailing address when ordering.

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