"Coptic bindings, the first true codices, are characterized by one or more sections of parchment, papyrus, or paper sewn through their folds, and (if more than one section) attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine. . . " So says Wiki.
The Saint Cuthbert Gospel of Saint John, from 698 AD and newly acquired by the British Library, is believed to be the oldest intact codex-style book and the oldest European example of coptic binding.
I have decided to emulate Bertie's bookbinders and make a Coptic-sewn journal for my Road Trip 2012. To that end I have been practicing and perspiring and studying:
- Coptic Binding on Boards
- Coptic Stitch binding with hard cover method 1
- Coptic Stitch binding demo part 2, all three of these by Jim Escalante on YouTube
- Chain or Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Tutorial, by Linda Tieu
- and just so I don't lose it - Bookmaking tutorial links from around the Web from TJBookarts
- From the Way Back Machine, a tutorial from the State of Indiana, Let's Make a Book
If anyone knows of additional clear and complete (and right side up) instructions for Coptic binding, please post a Comment below. I will be in your debt!