The Bookbinders Directory was compiled through archival research, bookbinders tickets, and other items from the collection. The directory aims to illuminate the variety and spread of bookbinders throughout the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.The ABM makes no claim as to its completeness.
Currently, the directory is in stasis. No information is being added or removed.
Bound for Beauty - Online Exhibit
This special directory includes all Decorated Publishers' Bindings included in the Bound for Beauty online exhibit. The exhibit spans the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, and includes the design influences of the Civil War, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco eras. You can see the influence of technology as the simplistic designs of the 1840s evolve into more elaborate and colorful styles, made possible by increasingly sophisticated use of stamps, inks, dyes and techniques.
Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers' Bindings
The Kathleen V. Roberts Collection is the work of many years of collecting. It highlights the changing styles and aesthetics of decades of cloth-bound publishers' bindings, from their beginnings in the 1830s, to their gradual decline in favor of printed dust jackets in the early 20th century.
Don't know where to start? Curious about a particular designer? Try searching for "Margaret Armstrong" to list all bindings in the collection designed by her. Want to explore by era? Search "1880s" to see all bindings designed in that decade.