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Unusual to Unique:Custom Bindings


Bookbinding’s history is rooted in craftsmanship and devotion to the written word. While hand-binding is less common now, there is happily a creative minority dedicated to its preservation. These skilled artisans create custom bindings for clients, for exhibition and for pleasure. Sometimes more than one copy is produced, but no two will ever be identical. From inlaid morocco to linen thread, delicate designs to bold geometrics, we’ve scoured the site for the most glorious custom bookbindings available.

 


Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl


Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl

Inlaid morocco design binding by Temple Bookbinders

 


Histoire d'un Grand Coquin Nomme Don Pablo by F. De Quevedo


Histoire d’un Grand Coquin Nomme Don Pablo

by F. De Quevedo

Brilliant blue calf binding with gilt decoration by Bayard of Lyon

 


The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R. R. Tolkien


The Hobbit or There and Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Inlaid binding with elaborate front and back scenes by The Chelsea Bindery

 


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Charcoal leather binding with various colored inlays by James Tapley

 


The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde


The Ballad of Reading Gaol

by Oscar Wilde

Decorated grey and burgundy goatskin binding by Derek Hood

 


Mythologie Asiatic Illustree - Author Unlisted


Mythologie Asiatic Illustree

Author Unlisted

Folio, superb custom Art Deco binding by Paul Bonet

 


The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth


The Day of the Jackal

by Frederick Forsyth

Specially constructed binding by Jan Sobota with various soft-surfaced leathers

 


Engraved in the Wood by George Mackley


Engraved in the Wood

by George Mackley

Bound by Chris Hicks in green Chieftan morocco with four falling leaves

 


Ethelrude et Wolframm by Pascal Quignard


Ethelrude et Wolframm

by Pascal Quignard

Unusual binding with violet calf leather and aluminum rods by Jean Knoll

 


In Pursuit: An Autobiography by William Russell Flint


In Pursuit: An Autobiography

by William Russell Flint

Multiple leather onlays with cloud design binding by Elizabeth Greenhill

 


L'Effort by Edmond Haraucourt


L’Effort

by Edmond Haraucourt

Art Nouveau master binding by turn-of-the-century binder Paul-Romain Raparlier

 


La Maison de la Petite Livia by Pierre Querlon


La Maison de la Petite Livia

by Pierre Querlon

Art-deco influenced, inlaid binding by Max Fonseque

 


A Rapture by Thomas Carew


A Rapture

by Thomas Carew

Natural morocco binding with inlaid entwined figures by Simeon Jones

 


The Famous Boating Party and Other Poems in Prose by Kenneth Patchen


The Famous Boating Party and Other Poems in Prose

by Kenneth Patchen

Bound by Rick Tuttle in metallic blue leather, with a sculpted wood boat attached

 


As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner


As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

Two-tone leather binding with vulture silhouette by unspecified artist

 


Meanwhile Life Went On by John Crombie


Meanwhile Life Went On

by John Crombie

Decorative binding of black calf over vellum with linen thread by Angela James

 


Life of William Shakespeare by Sidney Lee


Life of William Shakespeare

by Sidney Lee

Bound by Rivière & Son, with inlaid miniature portrait on ivory by Miss C.B. Currie

 


A Rude Book by Albert Buhrer Tell


A Rude Book

by Albert Buhrer Tell

Handbound in black and maroon morocco by by Jarmilla Sobota

 


Something About a Soldier by Mark Harris


Something About a Soldier

by Mark Harris

Highly decorated full brown morocco binding by Anthony Gardner

 


The Valentine Elegies by Tess Gallagher


The Valentine Elegies

by Tess Gallagher

Gilt-tooled goatskin with inlays binding by Dominic Riley

 


A Writer's Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham


A Writer’s Notebook

by W. Somerset Maugham

Intriguing black morocco with geometric gilt design binding by unspecified artist

 
 
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