Specifications for Quarter Buckram Periodical Binding
The following specifications must be considered basic to the style, and
must be adhered to consistently. The Library assumes responsibility for
collation, and will remove covers only when disired. Bindery will receive
parts in final binding order. Binder will provide multiple-copy instruction
slips or equivalent, and will guarentee uniformity of size, buckram color,
type position and size, and general configuration. Color of buckram will
be specified, and will be limited to five shades: brown, black, dark blue,
maroon, and mid-green. Materials and method of construction as below.
- Double fan, Ehlermann adhesive binding, using adhesive formulated
for the machine.
- Endsheets to be single-fold white, to have a pH not less than 6.0.
- Spine to be lined before covering with hinge cloth, wrapping onto
the endsheets not less than three centimeters.
- Inside margins and edges to be trimmed as little as possible.
- Davey Red Label Boards not less than .074 in. in thickness to be glued
with a polyvinyl acetate directly onto the endsheets and pressed, distance
from back edge not to exceed 1.0 centimeter or to be closer than 0.5
- Good quality Buckram of approved standard (L.B.I.) to be used for
spine, glued directly on top of the set hinge cloth, wrapped onto the
boards no more than 5 centimeters and no less than 2 centimeters.
- Boards should not be marked during the trimming process, and the spine
coverings should not be loosened or left ragged. Edge scouring caused
by nicked and worn guillotine knife is acceptable providing that board
edges are cleanly cut.
- Printing must not be "bled" by careless trimming. Library
will separate volumes not suitable for trimming, and will note foredge
The size of each consignment will be arranged in advance. The delivery
and pick-up schedule must be consistent, occurring on the same day of
the week, with a set period not to exceed twenty-eight days between for
normal processing. Rush processing must be available, and the Library
agrees to meet extra costs incurred.
Quarter Buckram Periodical Binding: Processes
This is a list of procedures for the binding of periodicals in quarter
buckram flush, with plain boards. All the procedures are necessary in
order that a sound and neat binding be produced. Data on the testing of
the Ehlerman adhesive binding is available from selling agents, the Library
Binding Institute, and the United States Testing Company Inc.
- Staples and wire stitching are removed from each issue, and the final
order of parts, title page, contents, index, etc. checked.
- The back (binding) edge is trimmed or milled off, making sure that
the smallest amount possible is removed.
- The pages and single folio endsheets are double fan adhesive bound
on the Ehlerman "Double Fan" Binder, using the specially formulated
adhesive. A spine lining of hinge cloth (preferably Gane Bros. "Special
G") running the length of the spine ,and wrapped onto the end-sheets
approximately 3 centimeters, is applied while the book is in the machine
(see figure 1).
- Plain boards (Davey Red Label) of appropriate thickness but no thinner
than .074 in. are glued directly onto the endsheets, flush with the
head and approximately 0.5 centimeters from the back edge (see figure
- Buckram, pre-lettered with the volume number, title, and date is
glued directly onto the spine (on top of the hinge cloth), and wrapped
onto the boards approximately 5 centimeters, makihg sure that the joints
are firmly set.
- The fore-edge, tail and head are trimmed flush on the guillotine.
It is important at this final stage to make sure that the cloth spine
and other linings have not been loosened by the trimming.