Abacus Florence

Bookbinding since 1985

Our History

"Un libro sogna. Il libro è l'unico oggetto inanimato che possa avere sogni" Ennio Flaiano

Since 1985 our store is well-known in Florence for offering the best in bookbinding and book restoration, with absolute honesty and professionality, and for the skill used in accomplishing the commissioned work. The florentine market, very exacting, saw the production of bound articles appear, including white books sewn by hand, guest-bookbinder and photo-albums, appreciated in the whole world for the streinght of their bookbinding.

In 1992 the line "limited products" borns with its distinct objects, unrepeatable in their tracts, which make them collection items. Each one has embosse in the inside, with 23 k gold, the number and signature that garantee for its autenticity.

Today our "limited products", appreciated from every soul sensible to the art of bookbinding, as one may guess taking a look at the ABACUS guest-book on-line (check it out!), includes a line devoted to the art of storing photographs, one for guest-books specially treated for time resistant scripts ( alcaline contents and acidity controlled in our laboratories ) and, last but not least, particular objects such as fake books, boxes, "lighted" books and new products that are continuosly being produced from our never-lasting fantasy.

The "normal products" bookbinding line is devoted to the common needs for personal objects such as blank-books, address-books and personal books, all at a contained price.

All our products can be customized on request, with initials, sentences and logos.

We are waiting to welcome you!

Rita & Fernando

Course 1

Bookbinding Base with Canvas

With a minimum of 1 participant, and a maximum of 2 participants


Level: Basic


Duration: 1 week


Hours: 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday


Lesson 1 – Introduction to the course, history of the Book, specialist vocabulary, types of binding, styles of stitching, dismantling a book, restoring the signature (aka sig, section), preparing the guards, preparing the seam


Lesson 2 – Folding the sheets, stitching on the tape, backing, headband and its application


Lesson 3 – Cutting cover-card, pinning, angles, ribs, making a detached cover, recessing


Lesson 4 – Folding the sheets, preparation for seam sewing, back gluing, headband on string, backing, cover preparation


Lesson 5 – Preparation of vegetable glue, half fabric, full fabric on cover, hinges and recessing, finishing, tags


Each student will be able to take the finished book away with them

Course 2

Bookbinding Base with Leather

With a minimum of 1 participant, and a maximum of 2 participants


Level: Basic


Duration: 1 week


Hours: 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday


Lesson 1 – Introduction to the course, history of the Book, specialist vocabulary, types of binding, styles of stitching, dismantling a book, restoring the signature (aka sig, section), preparing the guards, preparing the seam


Lesson 2 – Folding the sheets, stitching on the tape, backing, headband and its application


Lesson 3 – Cutting cover-card, pinning, angles, ribs, making a detached cover, recessing


Lesson 4 – Folding the sheets, preparation for seam sewing, back gluing, headband on string, backing, cover preparation


Lesson 5 – Preparation of vegetable glue, half fabric, full fabric on cover, hinges and recessing, finishing, tags


Each student will be able to take the finished book away with them

Course 3

Book binding Advanced

With a minimum of 1 participant, and a maximum of 2 participants


Level: Advanced


Duration: 1 week


Hours: 4 hours per day, from Monday to Friday


Lesson 1 – All-leather book with various panels


Lesson 2 – Application of various closures on leather books, and decoraton of closure clips


Lesson 3 – Decoration of book-plates, and ribs, plain and in gold


Lesson 4 – Leather briefcases, from simple to bellowed


Lesson 5 – Briefcase finishing, lining construction, and internal paper holder


Each student will be able to take the finished product away with them

Conservative Books Restoration

Our lab renowned for refined ligatures and for the restoration of books made with careful professionalism from the skilled hands of two craftsmen of the laboratory.
Visit our store in Via Ghibellina 135 R in Florence.

Bookbinding

Our laboratory produces precious ligatures, starting from the selection of raw materials is our book, for example the selection of absolutely acid-free papers, ACID FREE or, in Top Quality, you find a 100% cotton hand, the guarantee of the best conditions over time, as well as the selection of skins with head and hand patiently and carefully dyed by hand, using the classic old-style coloring, with aniline and waxed with natural waxes, thus making the duration of your future manuscript. Starting from folding the sheets by hand, the various files are made, then the next step is taken, the frame is prepared and the delicate phase of manual sewing is performed, now the various files become one which is the "Body" of the book ", go to the phase of reduction and then it will be the turn of cover, moreover, respecting the classical tradition of the ancient bookbinding also in the use of vegetable glues, all this long work allows the durability of the book for a long time.

Our products

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Contact us at 345 32 80 318 or fill out the following form to receive more information for our products.

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