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Lester Capon

BIO

Lester started bookbinding in the mid 1970s at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts. Having gained a wide experience working for James Brockman through the 1980s he went on to run the Fine Binding and Conservation course at Guildford College during the 1990s. He has been a self-employed binder since 2000 working on manuscripts, early printed books and design bindings.

He taught a summer school in Finland for many years and has recently been conserving manuscripts in Ethiopia including a 6th. Century Gospels. He was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1986 and served as president in 2003 – 2005 and 2009 – 2011. He is currently President again but he’s not sure why.
His work is represented in public collections such as the British Library, Liverpool Library, The John Rylands Library, The Pierpont Morgan Library and others, as well as most major private collections. He is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild.

Piper In Print by Hugh Fowler-Wright
Artistic Editions, 2010
Bound in 2015

Detail of a binding in green goatskin with stained leather inlays, gold tooling and painted paper underlays.

Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
Rampant Lions Press, 1976
Bound in 2011

Detail of a binding in red goatskin with recessed panels incorporating stained and tooled inlays. Gold lettering taken from the text.

If I May Make So Bold by John Crombie
Kickshaws Press, 2005
Bound in 2020

Full light brown goatskin with multi coloured inlaid leather lines. Gold and silver tooling. Titled in gold on onlays on spine. The coloured lines are a response to the coloured lines on each page of the text.

The Poet’s Eye by Geoffrey Grigson
Illustrated by John Craxton Frederick Mullerand, 1944
Bound in 2008

Detail from a pierced vellum binding with painted paper underlays and gold tooling.

Baigneuses edited by Christopher Buckland Wright
Fleece Press, 1995

Multi-coloured calf binding with sculpted boards, goatskin onlays and gold tooling.

The Heroes by Charles Kingsley
Illustrated by W. Russell Flint
Bound in 2015

Detail from a binding in dark green goatskin. Leather inlays and gold tooling.

The Word Was Sung (The music of Veljo Tormis)
Bound for the Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders in 2010

Semi limp vellum binding with interlaced stained and gold tooled vellum tapes.

Circus by Various Authors
Illustrated by Walter Bachinski
Shanty Bay Press, 2011
Bound in 2011

Detail of a binding in black goatskin with multi coloured stained inlays and onlays and gold & blind tooling.

GET IN TOUCH

Email: lestercapon@btinternet.com
Instagram: @lester_capon_bookbinder
Facebook: @lester.capon.31
Accepts Commissions: Yes