I recently found out through the 23 Sandy Gallery blog that Lark Books has just published the 20th anniversary edition of Cover to Cover. The book, by the late Shereen LaPlantz, is a classic. It’s hard to imagine improving it, but it includes updated photography and is in full color.
Pretty much everyone I know owns the original book – it’s a standard among members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. It was the first book on bookbinding that I bought. Whenever someone asks me for a good introduction text on bookbinding, I always recommend it.
I don’t yet own the new edition, but it will make its way into my library soon. If you own it, I’d love to hear what you think about the updates.
I do own two of Shereen’s handmade books – Innovative Bookbinding: Secret Compartments and Hidden Messages and Designing and Working with Gocco. I consider myself so very lucky to have these – you can feel the love that went into creating them.
I also participated, along with David LaPlantz and Laura Russell, in the publication of the 3rd edition of Innovative Bookbinding, now available on Lulu. I am thrilled to have been a part of such a wonderful project.