Ouroboros Binding

This binding is a combination of late Coptic structure with a limp binding leather-covered sewing support cut through outer cover. The boards are sewn as the first and last signatures, then pasted together to make cartonnage boards. When the leather sewing support thongs are then laced through the boards, the book has bound itself to itself, making an ouroboros structure.

 

Ouroboros binding

Ouroboros binding

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Drawing done in July, 2014

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Sewing frame with double cords

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Cover leather with thongs

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Cover Leather glued together

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First stitching

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Inside of cover with first stitching

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Cover with both stitched attachments

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Textblock on sewing frame with leather cover set before frame

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Text block on sewing frame with leather cover

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Sewing stations cut into spine

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Sewing as it progresses on the frame

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First and last signatures shown before making cartonnage for cover boards

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Textblock sitting on cover leather

Determining placement of text block on cover leather.

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Cover with sewing support slots cut

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Lined textblock in press, awaiting black leather liner

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Cover laid over spine of textblock to insure alignment with sewing supports

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Spine leather laid on spine of textblock in press

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Black leather liner in place, cover laid over for alignment

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Template to insure alignment of black leather liner

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Black leather liner/support caps in place and laced through

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Sewing endbands

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Textblock with sewing supports covered, leather cover ready to attach

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Cover leather set in place over spine

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Pasted up cover leather

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Cover leather drawn over cartonnage boards

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The Ouroboros process continues. Thongs pulled through to outside cover, ready for lacing.

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Pasting up watercolor paper first and last signatures to make the first layer of the Ouroboros structure.

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Thongs now laced through cover leather

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Wrapping cover leather over cartonnage boards

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Cutting endcaps for spine turn-in

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Turning in at covers, leaving endcaps exposed

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Trimmed cover leather for endcaps

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Endcaps turned in, leather ready to turn in around boards

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Thongs passing through cover prior to turn-ins

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Spine support cover leather showing inside outter leather cover

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Turning in leather over cartonnage boards

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Cover leather turned-in

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Cover over boards, ready for lacing through boards

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Holes punched through boards ready for lacing

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Thongs laced through cartonnage boards making the Ouroboros binding active

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Cartonnage showing laced thongs prior to pasting up endpapers

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Manipulating leather turn-ins and corner cuts

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Paste-downs in place

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Endpapers with textblock open

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Back endpapers

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New book splayed open to show covers and spine

 

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