book binding


The Beauty of Flowers in Field and Wood
containing the natural orders or families of British Wild Plants
with moral teachings illustrated
designed to make botany simple and field and wood rambles instructive and agreeable
John Thoedore Barker
Bath Binns and Goodwin - no date [1852]
London Whittaker and Co

unusual contemporary paper mache binding with a hand painted cover 

16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

It’s not everyday you see a book that can be read in six completely different ways, and this small book from the National Library of Sweden is definitely an anomaly. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, this 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one. This particular book contains devotional texts, including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus, which was printed in German between the 1550’s and 1570’s.

While it could be hard to keep your place in this book, you can’t ignore that the engineering of it is quite a feat. In the age of the Kindle, Nook, and iPad, it’s a nice reminder of handcrafted ingenuity.

A superb example of the art of book binding - Cosway Style Binding.- Burns (Robert)
Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect,
Second (first Edinburgh) edition, first issue , engraved portrait frontispiece after J. Beugo by A. Nasmyth, green and purple morocco doublures, Cosway-style sunken panel miniature of Robert Burns within a bejewelled gilt frame on upper doublure, purple morocco for C. J. Sawyer by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, t.e.g., g.e., gilt floral motifs to spine with red morocco inlays, covers elaborately gilt with small floral tools and a central panel of the authors initials to upper cover and thistle motif to the lower cover, 8vo, Edinburgh, printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787


bound a book of travel scrawls - Malaga this time last year - finding pebbles in paella / gilded ears in bull fighting museums / SKIN IS PALER THAN THE PAGES I DRAW ON


William Shakespeare - The Sonner’s and a lover’s complaint 

Folio Society 1989 - Fine bespoke design binding, full morocco leather gilt with an inlaid tooled leather panel to the front board and the same pattern blind embossed to the rear. hand made paste patterned end papers - all page edges gilt - Bound by Ann Thornton for Binder Vision in 1993


The shop is live again! Also the book of magic is again available. The big grimoire is with a new special price but I’m giving tumblr a 10% off coupon code as well: BOOKOFMAGICOFF10

A lot of new projects will be available soon. Thanks for the support!



Ornate gilt calf binding with what appears to be the royal coat of arms of Louis XV in the centre - beautiful woven silk endpapers - c1750

sadly the contents have been removed - but this does allow for blank sheets* or some printed text to be bound into a beautiful period casing

*can you imagine having this as a note book?