Bookbinding Bibliography, Ligatus Research Centre, University of the Arts, London.  A comprehensive bibliography about historic bookbinding and book conservation includes all Ligatus publications, and is available at:

Bosch, Gulnar K., and et al. Islamic Bindings & Bookmaking. Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1981.  Available Open Access at:

Dandel, Elisabeth. “L’enluminure hispano-maghrébine du VIe/XIIe au IXe/XVe siècle à travers les collections anglaises, berlinoises, irlandaise, madrilènes, munichoise, parisiennes.” 5 vols. PhD diss. Université Paris IV, 1994.  Available as microfiche publication.

Foot, Mirjam M. The History of Bookbinding as a History of Society. London: British Library, 1998.

Kropf, Evyn. “Historical Repair, Recycling, and Recovering Phenomena in the Islamic Bindings of The University of Michigan Library: Exploring the Codicological Evidence.” In Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding, ed. Julia Miller, 1: 1-42.  Ann Arbor, Mich.: Legacy Press, 2013.  Accompanied by DVD-ROM (4 3/4 inches).

LoB: The Language of Bindings Thesaurus, Ligatus Research Centre, University of the Arts, London.  The collaborative database comprises bookbinding terms for book structures dating from the ninth to the nineteenth century, and is available at:

D’Ottone, Arianna. “Some Remarks on Yemini Medieval Bookbindings,” in Arabica 2007, ed. Angelo Arioli: 42-65 with 6 figs.  Rome: La Sapienza orientale – Miscellanee, 2007.

Ohta, Alison. “Covering the Book: Bindings of the Mamluk Period, 1250-1516 CE.” SOAS, University of London, 2012.  Available Open Access at:

Regemorter, Berthe van. Some Oriental Bindings in the Chester Beatty Library. Dublin: Hodges and Figgis, 1961.

Scheper, Karin. The Technique of Islamic Bookbinding: Methods, Materials and Regional Varieties. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Vries, Heer de. “Reading the Book’s History: Understanding the Repairs and Rebindings on Islamic Manuscripts in the Vatican Library and their Implications for Conservation.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 7 (2016): 339-383.

Weisweiler, Max. Der islamische Bucheinband des Mittelalters: Nach Handschriften aus deutschen, holländischen und türkischen Bibliotheken. Beiträge zum Buch- und Bibliothekswesen 10. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1962.


Dagmar A. Riedel

Last updated, 2 November 2019

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