Book spines, hard bound books, Linotype machines.
Here is a great video on:
1. One man's journey to re-create the Pictorial Webster
2. How books used to be made
By the end of the video I wanted to stand up and applaud.
Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion from John Carrera on Vimeo.
Here are some other videos on book making
Basic book binding
Playlist of 22 videos on book making on youtube and some tips on how to make books here .
Really inspirational, I intend to make a book of my own in 2010, suggestions are welcome :)