The Anatomy of a Book

A 'bindery-in-a-box' by Alexander McGuckin

 

For a detailed explanation of the contents click here.

I settled on a scale of 1:3.5. An ideal size that allowed the tools to be functional, but at the same time, present a considerable challenge to make.
Miniatures!

Miniatures!

Oak box with two trays

Oak box with two trays

The trays contain the miniature books, tools and sundries as well as a prepared skin and a booklet that describes the contents.

Box with trays exposed

Box with trays exposed

Close up of the trays

Close up of the trays

Bottom Tray

Bottom Tray

Top Tray

Top Tray

Booklet

Booklet

Goat skin

Goat skin

Book with tools

Book with tools

Miniature clamshell boxes

Miniature clamshell boxes

Naked Book

Naked Book

Representative of the stage where a book is ready to be covered with leather. All hand-sewn, including the headbands.

Naked no longer

Naked no longer

Full goatskin binding, with elaborate gold tooling using 22.5 carat English gold leaf and albumen claire. Gauffered Edges coloured and waxed,

Tools used to make a book

Tools used to make a book

Engraved finishing tools

Engraved finishing tools

Front board detail

Front board detail

Gauffered edge

Gauffered edge

Top edge detail

Top edge detail

Marbled endpapers

Marbled endpapers

Detail of the rolls

Detail of the rolls

Single fillet and roll

Single Fillet

Single Fillet

Polishers

Polishers

Hand finishing tools

Hand finishing tools

Pallets

Pallets

Pallets in hand

Pallets in hand

English paring knife

English paring knife

Gold cushion

Gold cushion

with gold knife and booklet of Gold leaf

Booklet of gold leaf

Booklet of gold leaf

There is gold leaf in the booklet

There is gold leaf in the booklet

Silk headbanding thread

Silk headbanding thread

Awl

Awl

Practice spine

Practice spine

Irish linen spool

Irish linen spool

Bone folders made from bone

Bone folders made from bone

Bottom Tray