On my Bookshelf: Bookbinding, It's Background and Technique / by Kat Howard

Recently, I've been reading through the classic tome: 'Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique' to fill in the blanks in my knowledge of the history of bookbinding. This book is actually two volumes bound in one edition; the first section delves into the background and story of how bookbinding was first established and evolved over the years, and the second part outlines all of the parts, methods, book types, and tricks of the binder's trade. 

While an intriguing read, the author, Edith Diehl, is also of note. 

Edith Diehl ... studied bookbinding in Europe for five years and eventually established her own bindery in New York City, employing two of the French bookbinders who had formerly worked for the Grolier Club Bindery.  She later was in charge of the bindery at the printing house of William Edwin Rudge and then, for two years, produced bindings for books designed by Bruce Rogers. When Columbia University established bookbinding classes in 1934, she was among the first instructors. - The Grolier Club

Edith carved a path for herself in the literary world as a skilled bookbinder, and a leader in the bibliophile community, when it was predominantly a male dominated society. I imagine there is much of the author bound into this book. Her writings on the history of bookbinding go in depth, while maintaining a certain levity that make this such a good read.