20th Century Favourites, Part 1: Hugh Walpole. I’m halfway through the Herries Chronicles, a 200-year family saga set in the Lake District. Very entertaining indeed, with some arresting passages of prose. Another neglected writer from the past…
Hubby wrote up a really cool guide to vampire hunting for the Dnd campaign and I couldn’t help but turn it into a prop. “The Occult of the Curse of Vampirism,” in Alaria Obarskyr’s possession, of course. Could come in handy :)
This beautiful 1901 Book of Common Prayer is an example of what’s called a vellucent binding. The method involves painting a design on vellum (and, in this case, adding mother of pearl inlays to the painting), then stretching a very thin, transparent layer of vellum over the painting to protect it. Gold tooling was then added to this outer layer.
The method was developed by a man named Cedric Chivers sometime around 1898, when he first began exhibiting his bindings. Chivers is known to have employed women to create the paintings themselves.
Although vellucent bindings are beautiful, it seems they were not especially profitable for Chivers; eventually, he gave up the endeavor, and instead pursued a career in commercial library binding.