Category Archives: Bookbinders

Bound For Her Birthday

I’ve written about the bookseller Robert Bowes (1835-1919) before (you can read it all here on the blog for 26 December 2012).  An extraordinary life – born in rural poverty in Ayrshire, educated in the Cambridge bookshop of his uncles … Continue reading

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A Cambridge Binding — John Bird Hawes (1820-1885)

Even after all these years, I’m still astonished at how little valued and appreciated many old books are.  Here’s a case in point — a book I bought inexpensively on my travels last summer.  Just how inexpensively, you can gauge … Continue reading

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Designer Bookbinders Prize-Giving 2018

Invariably a pleasure to go along to the annual Designer Bookbinders prize-giving evening.  Always interesting work to be seen and interesting people to talk to.  I had already been fortunate enough to have seen and been able to handle most … Continue reading

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Deal Done

A couple of posts ago, I featured a picture of an Edinburgh binding from the website of Nick McConnell (McConnell Fine Books).  It brought to mind that I hadn’t been down to Deal on the Kent coast to see him … Continue reading

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Strabo’s “Geographica” in a Sixteenth-Century Dust-Jacket

Another fascinating guest post from Mark Godburn A copy of Strabonis de Situ Orbis Libri XVII (Lyon: Gabriel Coterius, 1559) has come to light in a contemporary dust-jacket.  The book is bound in limp vellum with quasi-yapp edges and remnants … Continue reading

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Two Dundee Bindings

I’m not quite sure what the opposite of carrying coals to Newcastle may be, but that’s certainly how I felt when coming away from the recent Edinburgh Book Fair, bringing back to London two Scottish bindings.  Ian Marr had brought … Continue reading

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A. & C. Black’s Colour Books (2)

A further query and request for help from Mark Godburn I am trying to find out what book or periodical the text sheets in these images are from. The sheets were used to make dust-jackets for an A. & C. Black book, … Continue reading

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A Binding by Lucien Broca

The first in a sequence of vignettes of books found (and bookshops visited) from a recent book-hunting trip. They say you can’t judge a book by looking at its cover, but we know that this is not always true.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Bound by Worsfold

I’ve let myself down again – perhaps no surprise to regular readers, but seduced by price, a pretty binding and perhaps a hint of aristocratic pedigree, I’ve acquired a book by an author I have been promising myself never, ever, … Continue reading

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Designer Bookbinders 2016

Always a pleasure to attend the prize-giving at the annual awards for the Designer Bookbinders, this year held at the St. Bride Foundation, just off Fleet Street, where all the books will be on display until the 24th November – … Continue reading

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