The Pyed Pyper

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Bound by Glenn Malkin

The Pyed Pyper by Richard Verstegan (1634)
Published by Old Stile Press, 2002
Illustrated by Angela Lemaire
Limited edition of 175 copies.
335mm x 350mm
Bound in 2019

Glenn's binding of The Pyed Pyper was awarded 'The FineCut Trophy for Finishing'
at The Society of Bookbinders International Competition, 2019

This is a three part binding in Hewit's fair goat. The spine is craquelé and the boards are hand dyed and decorated using Hewit's aniline dye and acrylic inks. Multiple blind and carbon tooled elements are incorporated into the design. Airbrushed background features and block printed details with yellow leather onlay highlight. There are full leather hand dyed Hewit's fair goat doublures, joints and endbands. The endpapers are paste papers by the binder with back-pared onlaid leather lines. Presented in a bespoke wooden box, lined with suede and lifting ribbon and with decorative panel to the lid.

The design is a representation of the village of Hamelin in this well known story, with black tooling leading from the bleak houses suggesting the leading away of the rats and/or the children. This core theme is also suggested on the endpapers and doublures with the dark lines leading into the hilly wilderness just to mysteriously disappear.

For further examples of Glenn's work, see his website at Glenn Malkin Design Bindings or e-mail


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