Volume 40 - Autumn 2015


Customers Recent Bindings


Bound by James Reid-Cunningham

The House South of North
By Fritz Scholder, 1997

Full blue Hewit Bookcalf binding with a circle of gold leaf spreading from the spine onto both boards. Inset panels of kidskin, fishskin, goatskin, box calf, and abalone shell. Tooled in palladium leaf. Duotone photographs hinged on meeting guards. Red and white silk front bead headbands. Leather hinges. Egyptian Tow Flax paper doublures.
32.5 x 24.5 x 2.5cm - bound in 2006.

James Reid-Cunningham studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and was president of the Guild of Book Workers from 2006 to 2010. He has worked in library conservation since 1984, first at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, then as chief conservator of the Boston Athenaeum. In addition to his conservation work, he is also the creator of design bindings and book objects that explore traditional bookbinding structures in conjunction with modern materials such as rubber, vinyl, and Formica. He has exhibited his books nationally and internationally.

For further examples of James's work please go to www.reid-cunningham.com

Bound by Nicky Oliver

Periodic Table
by Primo Levi
Folio Society

The binding is an unsupported link stitch with a Fraynot hinge attachment and secondary sewing. Hand sewn silk end bands. Hand painted and printed flyleaves and doublures. Leather joints. Colour washed edges with foil tooling. Hand dyed with Hewit's aniline dyes on their Fair Goat with onlays, foil tooling and distressed foil stencil work. Finished with SC7400 (a wax emulsion finish for leather).

Idea behind the design - "The flame appears quite frequently throughout the book either in its symbolic form as light and hope or as the prospector or chemist's aide. The flame will react and change colour depending on the chemical or metal that it is introduced to. I have abstracted and simplified the flame and each of the colours I have used represents a metal or chemical compound."

You can see more of Nicky's work on her web site, Black fox Bindery


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