Category Archives: Bookbinders

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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Something about Frank Karslake

Frank Karslake (1851-1920) is remembered for a number of things.  In the wider world, he is remembered chiefly for having founded the Guild of Women Binders, which for a brief period either side of 1900 produced some exhilarating work, much … Continue reading

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And so to Bod

As part of our ongoing series of exchange visits between booksellers and rare book librarians – our friends and colleagues in the Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a … Continue reading

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Hours of Work

A very pleasant afternoon out in Bath last week – an outing with a group of rare book librarians for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Bayntun-Riviere bindery at George Bayntun’s on Manvers Street.  The tour was arranged as … Continue reading

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Designer Bookbinders 2014

Always a jolly evening at the annual prize-giving for the Designer Bookbinders Competition, held again this year at the ever engaging St. Bride Foundation – a feast for the eyes, old friends and new abounding, happy winners of prizes.  I … Continue reading

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Bound by H. Stamper

I saw it there gleaming, jewel-like, at the end of the aisle.  Miraculously still unclaimed and as yet unbought.  The blogworthy book I guaranteed I would find at the Chelsea Book Fair last week.  It was a safe bet: I … Continue reading

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Andrews of Durham – A Prize Binding

Bought for no more than the price of modest supper from the admirable Keel Row Bookshop a couple of weeks ago.   The book in itself not especially enticing – no more than a ‘Silver Library’ edition (1901) of that troubled, … Continue reading

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Povey, Binder

Out and about in the hilly hinterlands of South London this week – and very pleased to have picked this up at an auction.  I suspect I’ve remarked before on how cheaply very good examples of English provincial bindings can … Continue reading

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