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Bookbinding in a Modern World

Dave Allen, bookbinderA few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Dave Allen, a local bookbinder. We talk and write a lot around here about rare books, antiquarian books, collectible books, and first edition books, so it was a real treat to go and learn a bit about their creation, restoration and repair.

Dave was very friendly to me and very tolerant of my asking a million questions. He was working on a first edition of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s The Blue Castle, and a probably first edition of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Watching him work, and listening to him talk about what he does for a living, I was inspired by how much he clearly cares about his job, and the books he creates, repairs and restores.

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Posted by on December 18, 2008.

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Categories: AbeBooks, antiquarian, art, books, Canada, collecting, literature

2 Responses

  1. Would love to know how to contact this gentleman – I have had left in my care quite a number of books, mostly printed in the 1800′s – some need some restoration. They are eventually to be sold on my sister’s account.

    by Anne Walmsley on Jan 15, 2009 at 1:48 am

  2. Anne – email me on rdavies@abebooks.com and I’ll give you his contact details.


    by Richard Davies on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

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