“Well, I guess the look I’m best known for is Blue Steel." 

I don’t know why, but that’s what pops into my head when I look at this book. So I’m going with it. I just can’t get enough of this silk. I bought it for a custom order, and I wanted to test it out before I started on the real book. It’s kinda breathtaking, I think. 

On Etsy

I am SO excited to finally share this book with you. When the request came through as a custom order on Etsy, I had no idea just how exciting a project it would be, but I had a blast working with Elizabeth to create the perfect guestbook for her wedding in May. I count myself lucky to have worked with this bride, who has a classic and elegant vision for her wedding. Through this project, I began exploring the world of ribbon as a decorative element for my books, and it has given me so many great ideas! 

We also worked together on another custom order, but that one has to stay top-secret till the big day. I can’t wait to share those pics later this spring. 

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New from Sonya Sheats!
Rabelais, Francois. Gargantua. Illustrated by [Albert] Dubout. Paris: Gibert Jeune Librairie d’Amateurs, 1938. Second edition. Copy 1325/3000. $3800.

Bradel binding sewn onto parchment bands with exposed yellow linen thread. Parchment hollow spine in sections adhered separately from the steel boards. Boards covered in a Xeroxed image and then covered with light parchment. Red Nepalese paper endpapers. This book has some weight to it because of the steel boards. Bound in 2014. 26 x 21cm. #books #binding #designbinding #fineart #finebinding

This lovely book comes from our collections of fine bindings designed and executed by William Anthony, who was the first Conservator at the University of Iowa. This is volume 21 of 31, The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918. [xfZ269.3 F55 A5] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #finebinding #williamanthony #bookbinding #oxford #englishverse #conservation #20thcentury