Some books, websites and videos on various book arts related techniques, recommended by members of the CBBAG Ottawa Valley Chapter (updated on September 2019). Let us know your recommendations. Some of these books may be out of print.

On Bookbinding

500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form
Lark Crafts, 2008. ISBN 978-1579908775, 1579908772
The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding
By János Alexander Szirmai. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 1999, 2017. ISBN 9780859679046, 0859679047; 9781138247321, 1138247324
Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique
(Two volumes bound as one)
By Edith Diehl. First edition, 1946. Dover Publications, revised edition, 1980. ISBN 0486240207; 978-0486240206
Bookbinding Techniques and Projects
Decorative Techniques Series
By Josep Cambras. Barron’s Educational Series, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7641-6084-4
Books, Boxes & Portfolios: Binding, Construct and Design, Step-By-Step.
By Franz Zeier. Translated by Ingrid Li. Design Press, 1990. ISBN 978-0-8306-3483-5
Books Unbound
By Michael Jacobs. North Light Books, 2006. ISBN 158180718X; 978-1581807189
By Sue Doggett. Potter Craft, 1998. ISBN 978-0823004911
Cover To Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums
By Shereen LaPlantz. Lark Crafts, 1998. ISBN 978-0937274873
Ethiopian Bookbinding: Research on the Bookbinding Traditions of Ethiopia
By Bill Hanscom.
Expressive Handmade Books
By Alisa Golden. Sterling, 2007. ISBN 978-1402751813
Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman.
By Kojiro Ikegami. Translated by Deborah Kinzer, adapted and expanded by Barbara B. Stephan. Weatherhill, 1986. ISBN 978-0-8348-0196-7
Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms
By Alisa Golden. Lark Crafts, 2011. ISBN 978-1-60059-587-5
Sleight of Binding
By Cherryl Moote. At Your Ease Publications; privately printed, 2002. ISBN 0968881114; 978-0968881118
Unique Handmade Books
By Alisa Golden. Sterling, 2001. ISBN 978-0806958132

On Box Making

Note that some of the books on bookbinding, also include instructions on how to make boxes and portfolios.

Clamshell Box (in 6 parts)
By Sage Reynolds. YouTube,
Structural Packaging: Design Your Own Boxes and 3D Forms
By Paul Jackson. Laurence King Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-1856697538

On Paper Making, Decoration and Pop-Ups

The Art and Craft of Paper
By Faith Shannon. Mitchell Beazley, New edition, 1992, 1999. Chronicle Books, 1994. ISBN 978-1857329643; 978-0811807883; 978-1840001327
The Art of Making Paste Papers
By Diane Maurer-Matheson. Potter Craft, 2002. ISBN 978-0823039333
The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures
By Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol. Laurence King Publishing, 2018. ISBN 978-1786272935, 1786272938
Decorated Paper Designs
Pepin Press, 1997, 2006, ISBN 9789054960164, 9054960167
By Cherryl Moote. At Your Ease Publications, 2011. ISBN 978-0978495145
Folding Ideas for cards and envelopes
Pepin Press, 2008. ISBN 9789057681288, 9057681285
How to Fold
Pepin Press, 2002, 2005. ISBN 9789057680397, 9057680394; 9789057680397, 9057680394
The Pocket Paper Engineer: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step.
By Carol Barton. Glen Echo MD: Popular Kinetics Press.

  • Volume 1: Basic Forms (2005). ISBN 978-0-9627752-0-8
  • Volume 2: Platforms and Props (2008). ISBN 978-0-9627752-2-2
  • Volume 3: V-Folds (2012). ISBN 978-0-9627752-3-9</li
The Pop-Up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Over 100 Original Paper Projects.
By Paul Jackson. New York: Owl Books, Henry Holt and Company, 1993. ISBN 978-0-8050-2884-3

On Printmaking

Some of the books on Bookbinding, also include how to make boxes and portfolios.

An Introduction to a History of Woodcut (2 volumes)
By Arthur M. Hind. Boston / New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935; Reprinted by Dover Pubns, 1963, 1980. ISBN 978-0486209524; 978-0486209531