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Flora Ginn

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Flora was born in 1959 and studied Graphic Arts at City & Guilds of London Art School from 1978 – 1982. She specialised in calligraphy and gained a Certificate and Diploma in Bookbinding and calligraphy from 1982 – 1984.

She did an Advanced Diploma in Bookbinding at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Institute, from 1984 – 1986. It was whilst Flora was a full- time student at Digby Stuart College that she attended two rare book Restoration Workshops conducted by Bernard Middleton during the holidays. Digby Stuart is now one of the four constituent colleges of the University of Roehampton – Digby Stuart, Froebel, Whitelands & Southlands.

Flora trained part-time under Sally Lou Smith from 1985 – 1986 and it was Lou who taught her gold finishing. From 1986 – 1998 Flora was part-time trainee and assistant to Bernard Middleton, devoted to restoration and period-style rebinding. She also established her own bindery in 1986.

Flora taught part-time at The City Literary Institute, London from 1994 – 1997 and was elected as a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1990.

Title – Atlas of the Second World War
Edited by John Keegan
Guild Publishing 1989
370 x 275 x 37mm
Bound 1992

The Atlas of The Second World War copy

Covered in Harmatan crimson goatskin with black Harmatan goatskin onlays; gold and black tooling, solid gilt edges; flyleaves of crimson goatskin and doublures of black goatskin.

Title – The Gospel According to John
The New English Bible (1970)
Aquila Trust, 1984
275 x 190 x 12mm

The Gospel According to John

A printer’s proof, set in Caslon Old Face and printed by I.M.Imprimit for Aquila Trust by permission of Oxford & Cambridge University Presses 1984.The doublures are black leather. Double endbands in blue and gold silk. Solid edge gilding.

Title – The Engravings of Eric Gill
Author – Christopher Skelton, Skelton’s Press
348 x 289 x 65mm
Bound 2005

The Engravings of Eric Gill doublure
The Engravings of Eric Gill

Covered in Harmatan black goatskin with onlay of alum-tawed pigskin and gold tooling; doublures in black goatskin and blind tooled; flyleaves in brown goatskin with black goatskin onlays.

Title – Credo
Author – T. J. Cobden-Sanderson.
Publisher – The Doves Press, 1906. Privately printed
167.5 x 118 x 13mm
Bound 2000

book binding cover paper
Credo doublures

Covered in Harmatan navy goatskin; tooled in gold and palladium on both boards and the doublures; edges solid gilt, matching navy goatskin doublures and flyleaves.
(see The New Bookbinder Volume 21, 2000)

Title – Recollections
Author – Bernard C Middleton
Publisher – Bird & Bull Press, 1995 by Henry Morris
Edition of 200.  Printer’s copy, initialled
20 illustrations
257 x 170mm x 25mm
Bound 2000

custom leather book binding

Covered in Harmatan goatskin; black goatskin onlays; gold tooled; goatskin doublures; gold and black tooling. All edges gilt.

Title – Translations and Verses
Author – Sir Duff Cooper
Publisher – The Dropmore Press, 1949
233 x 148 x 10mm
Bound 1989

Translation and Verses

Covered in Harmatan goatskin with yellow, green, purple, blue and red onlays; gold tooling; doublures of green Harmatan goatskin with black onlays; blind tooling.


Email: flora@floraginn.com
Accepts Commissions: No