Japanese Album Accordion

This is a simple but effective binding called Album Accordion from Kojiro Ikegami’s Japanese  Bookbinding: Instructions From A Master Craftsman. If you’re interested in the classic Japanese bindings, this is the best resource and worth the investment. This is book number 45 in my 50 Book Challenge.
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Its construction is similar to a Flutter Book but the folded pages are attached at the fore-edge rather than the spine with a thin bead of glue.
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I made my own version of the cover by attaching independent boards to the first and last pages, and leaving a small overhang at the spine, which I protected with a piece of leather. A little unorthodox but I like the way it looks. The pages are eco-prints on Stonehenge printmaking paper.
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I overprinted some of the less successful eco prints using a gelatin plate.
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The end is in sight for my 50 Book Challenge. I will admit I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into something new!

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