December 2023

Holiday Closure

We close for the holidays on Thursday 21st December at 16.00 and re-open on Wednesday 3rd January. During this time orders may be placed in our online shop, but they will not be dispatched until after we return from our Winter Break.

Last day for dispatch before the holidays is Thursday 21st December. For UK deliveries the last day for dispatch is Wednesday 20th December, although there is no guarantee of in-time deliveries.

May we take this opportunity of wishing all of our customers and friends
a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

The Designer Bookbinders Competition, 2023

Photo: Maggs Bros/Ivo Karaivanov


The J. Hewit & Sons Award for The Interesting Treatment of Leather

Winner - Thomas Hosking

Book - Love Poems
Illustrated by Mikki Lee
Selected and introduced by Imtiaz Dharker
Published by the Folio Society

Full leather binding in fair Goat, with exposed core endbands and leather-jointed doublures. The board and spin covering panels are developed using a variant of David Sellars' mud technique. In this application, leather shavings are adhered, shaped and sanded into a single kaleidoscopic sheet, with the aim of bringing together disparate threads to create something more richly textured than their individual parts. This theme is echoed in the flottage doublures and fly leaves, which are embellished with progressive fading human forms.

Our warm congratulations go to Thomas.