The Numismatic Bibliomania Society table at this summer's American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money® will feature a special live bookbinding demonstration. Len Augsburger submitted this update.
Bookbinders Unite at the ANA Convention
Our bookbinding term of the week is
quarto. This refers to a sheet of paper folded twice, so as to create eight pages in a bound book. Note, the two top edges require trimming, after folding.
Quarto also refers to a book size of approximately 9.5" x 12". Traditional book sizes were based on a standard sheet size of 19" x 24". Folding twice led to the
quarto dimensions of 9.5" x 12", while a third fold in half created the
octavo or 9.5" x 6" format. Modern printing and binding technology support both larger construction sheets and perfect binding (using clean-cut sheets), so the traditional linkage between the number of folds and final book size is today less defined. Our bookbinding demo at the ANA will use
folio (single fold) format with an initial sheet size of 8.5" x 11".
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NBS BOOKBINDING DEMO AT THE ANA
NBS BOOKBINDING DEMO: CURVED NEEDLE
NBS BOOKBINDING DEMO: AWL
Wayne Homren, Editor
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