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Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman


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ISBN13: 9780834801967
ISBN10: 0834801965
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A third-generation traditional bookbinder gives easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major, historically important styles of Japanese bindings as well as traditional book cases—the custom-made folding boxes that afford handsome protection for Japan's exquisite books.

The authoritative text, written by one of Japan's leading professional bookbinders, has been fully adapted for Western readers. Both American and Japanese suppliers of traditional tools and materials are provided and substitutes are recommended for items not readily available.

For centuries the West has admired Japanese books, but only now can we make them ourselves and take full advantage of their creative possibilities. Stunning and practical, these bindings are ideal for preserving calligraphy, letters, artwork, and poems, for adding a distinctive touch to limited-edition books, and for use as diaries or gifts.


This text provides easy-to-follow instructions for making all the major styles of Japanese bookbindings and traditional book cases.

About the Author

Kojiro Ikegami, third generation in a line of professional bookbinders, is one of the few full-time practitioners of the craft in Japan. He has repaired innumerable antiquarian books, many designated as national treasures or important cultural properties, at his workshop in the Tokyo National Museum. In 1979 he received a distinguished government award—the Sixth Class Order of the Rising Sun—for his contribution to the conservation of significant books in Japan's history. Recently retired, he is succeeded by his son Yukio, who continues the family profession at the museum workshop and at their home studio in Tokyo.

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Gold Gato, June 2, 2015 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Kojiro Ikegami was a master bookbinder of Japanese hardbound books, a craft he learned from his father. He was a young man during the 1920s, when Japanese texts were copied by hand and the manually made books were works of art.

Ikegami brought his own love of this ancient art to this book, which has well-explained instructions and an abundance of pictures to begin the teaching process. I even tried some of this myself, even though I lacked the tools needed. Nevertheless, the results weren't too bad, although I simply couldn't get the hang of the corner pieces. There are many styles included, including Accordion, Ledger, Four-Hole, Flutter, and Casing. This is a great book for anyone who wants to be creative with paper and learn an art form at the same time.

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Product Details

Ikegami, Kojiro
Ikegami, Kosanjin
New York :
Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Bookbinding -- Japan -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Book Printing & Binding
General Crafts & Hobbies
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 109-112.
Series Volume:
no. 244
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
10.46x7.70x.77 in. 1.57 lbs.

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