Welcome to the Multilingual Bookbinding and Conservation Dictionary, a project created by Suzy Morgan, book conservator and Preservation Specialist at ASU Libraries, and Peter Verheyen, creator of the Book Arts Web and the BOOK_ARTS-L listserv. It is an international dictionary of bookbinding and conservation terms, free of use to anyone.
The goal of this project is to combine, in one place, all the known bookbinding and book conservation terminology, in as many languages as possible. We are also including both current and archaic terms, to make the dictionary useful for both practicing conservators and bookbinders, as well as book history scholars. There are already a variety of multilingual dictionaries in existence, but none so comprehensive as what we envision for this project. In essence, we have taken every available multilingual dictionary of bookbinding, conservation or library words, and combined them.
We are not seeking to define these terms, but rather provide a simple tool for translating words that can be used together with other tools such as Google Translate. There a variety of bookbinding dictionaries available that already have rich definitions of these terms - definitions are provided only when similar-sounding terms need to be clarified.
You may notice that some words have different translations (or no translation at all!) according to different dictionaries, which is where we need your help! We are very interested in finding collaborators to help us fill in the gaps in those languages other than English and German, and cross-check existing words in those languages for accuracy.
What is included
Most of the terms from Etherington and Roberts' "Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books". Other terms have also been added from various other dictionaries. Currently, the dictionary contains about 4,365 entries.
What is not included
Translations and full descriptions of colors, pigments, or chemicals or other common materials can be found elsewhere on CAMEO: Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online. Most printmaking and typography terms are not included within the scope of this project, at this time.
This project would not be possible without the generous help of Jenny Hille, Sara Rubinow, and Peter Verheyen, who have all helped with providing corrections and suggestions for improvement.
View All Pages
Browse the categories below to view a list of terms in that language. You can also search for specific terms using the search box. Please note that most non-English terms do not have their own separate pages yet.
- English words
- Danish words
- Dutch words
- French words
- German words
- Italian words
- Spanish words
- Swedish words
- Russian words
Bibliography of other multilingual resources
A full list of other bookbinding, library, archives, and conservation vocabularies is also available. Many of these were used as source material for this project.
Resources for editors
A list of templates, reference shortcuts and other tools is available, to help keep the style of the dictionary consistent.
How is the dictionary updated?
While the initial input of data into this wiki was done in a highly technical and automated way, new words and other updates are done by hand, with love.