Category Archives: Bookbinders

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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Designer Bookbinders – Competition 2013

A jolly, if slightly chaotic, evening at the St. Bride Foundation saw the annual prizes and awards handed out by our friend Glyn Farrow, St. Bride Chief Executive – crocked and on crutches but still astonishingly cheerful after his recent … Continue reading

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Seal of Approval

A grateful thank-you to all my recent correspondents, although I’m not entirely sure how to take the remark that “viewing all those electronically unkempt bindings must have been unbearable for a person of sensitive disposition” (see last post).  I’ll let … Continue reading

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John Winstanley of Manchester – Bookbinder

Always a pleasure to find a book with an old bookbinder’s label in it – even more so in this case when there are three different labels in each of the three volumes of the first edition of Bulwer Lytton’s … Continue reading

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A Blocking of Leightons

This began as a gentle enquiry into the origins of Walter James Leighton (1850-1917), who became president of the ABA in 1909 – I’ll write more of him elsewhere, except to note that he was baptised at St. James Piccadilly, … Continue reading

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Seton & Mackenzie

Another point made by Ed Bayntun-Coward (George Bayntun) in his excellent talk last week was how cheap it could still be to obtain old bindings of first rate workmanship by known and named binders – especially nineteenth-century ones.  Here’s an … Continue reading

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