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Period Fine Bindings

The period between 1450 to the 1800’s is known as the hand press era where all the operations in the binding process were done manually.

We are continuing the tradition into the 21st century ……….Whether the binding has raised bands or a smooth spine, with or without elaborate decorations we replicate the contemporary nature of the original. Using techniques such as tightback construction on laced boards and handmade headbands using linen thread dyed in traditional colours we recreate a binding consistent to the time period. To achieve this authenticity we handcraft all the components ourselves including spine labeling with crushed morocco labels tooled with handle letters. The individual letters are gilt using traditional egg glaire and 22 carat gold leaf method. The actual binding is created using the best quality book calf from Hewitt’s leather from England. Gilt or blind decorations can be as simple or elaborate as needed with frames, fillets, fleurons, centre pieces and decorative rolls.

 

Pope’s Homer’s Odyssey 1725-26
 

Volumes as they were received. Note the broken volumes. All the volumes were rebound in the tight-back method like the originals. The original covers were preserved.

 

Bindings in progress showing a close-up of the headband and dates at the foot of the bindings. The headbands are handmade using hand dyed linen thread.

 

Finished bindings with a close-up of the labels showing the handmade crushed morocco labels and individually lettered titles in gold leaf using the egg glaire method and handle letters and extensive tooling of the spines.


 

Shakespear 1723-25
 

Volumes as they were received.

 

Finished volumes


 

Close-ups of specific details showing the handmade crushed morocco labels and individually lettered titles in gold leaf using the egg glaire method and handle letters. Also showing the handmade headbands which were made using hand dyed linen thread.


 

Other Examples

A full calf binding of a reprint of the famous volume “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” in a style similar to the period in which it was published.