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Glenn Malkin

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Glenn Malkin began binding professionally in 2008 and has since won numerous awards for his design bindings in national and international competitions. Based in Yorkshire, his work is split between the routine repair work of old books, creating new bindings for his customers, teaching workshops in bookbinding and creating unique works of art with his design bindings.

‘My approach to design binding is to take inspiration from the contents of the book – sometimes just a single sentence or phrase can spark an idea. If it is a commission, I will ask the client for any ideas or expectations they have and try to work with those where possible, but the creative spark which generates an idea will always come from the book itself.’

In 2022 Glenn was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and exhibits and sells his work nationally and internationally.

La Nature de Chaumet
Chaumet, Paris, 2016
Bound in 2021
318 x 234 x 30mm

For sale: £1750

This is a lavishly illustrated catalogue produced on quality paper from one of Paris’ most famous jewellers, celebrating their collection of gems inspired by nature. Exhibited around the UK as part of the Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2022

Tessellated impressed leather elements over Nepalese hand-made paper beneath with matching doublures. Leather spine with tooled title. Suede endpapers and silk endbands. Edges decorated with acrylic and tooled lines. Presented in a bespoke wooden box. The design reflects the facets of the gems within which are inspired by natural flora.

The Collected Stories of Nikolai Gogol
Illustrated by Peter Suart
The Folio Society, 2009
160 x 235mm
Bound in 2010

For Sale: £995.00

Full bound in rough natural goat, airbrushed and painted, over painted and textured natural goat covered boards. Distressed paper label to the spine. Full brown goatskin doublures and suede endpapers. This photograph shows the detail of hand-sewn silk endbands and the edges being decorated with acrylics. Presented in a bespoke suede-lined drop-back box.
The design of the binding represents the crumbling plasterwork of the buildings in the towns, illustrating the lowly and depressed social settings for several of the stories contained within.
Winner of Highly Commended prize in the Designer Bookbinders annual competition 2010.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Published by Hand and Eye Editions (2010)
Tipped-in illustrations by Angela Barrett.
Limited edition of 20 copies, this being number 3.

For sale: £1,800

Bound in full Pentland goat, selectively hand dyed, with red leather onlay and revealing panels of decorated Tyvec. Carbon tooling on the covers and on the full leather doublures. Suede endpapers and silk hand-sewn endbands. Presented in a bespoke suede-lined wooden box with a leather title panel to the lid.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
The Folio Society, 2017
250 x 160mm
Bound in 2018
Private Collection

Bound in full Pentland goatskin with airbrushed background and design features. Tooled in gold and carbon. The head and tail book edges are decorated with acrylics. Full leather doublures incorporating words from the book blocked in gold across front and rear. Hand sewn silk endbands. Presented in a bespoke suede-lined wooden box with a titled leather panel to the lid reflecting the design of the binding.

Winner of a Highly Commended prize in the Designer Bookbinders annual competition 2018.

The Fort
Written and illustrated by Roger Thomas
Published by Brewhouse Private Press, Wymondham, 1979
Limited Edition of 80 copies this being #69
210 x 170 x 15mm
Bound in 2021

For sale: £750

Bound in fair goat with edge-to-edge leather doublures and suede endpapers. Gilt edges and hand-sewn silk endbands. Airbrushed and gold tooled design with sprinkled gold leaf. Presented in a suede lined bespoke wooden box with leather decorated and titled panel to the lid reflecting the design within. The design represents the solidity and strength of the structures featured within the book, nestled in and becoming part their surrounding landscape.

The Pyed Pyper by Richard Verstagen (1634)
Illustrated by Angela Lemaire
The Old Stile Press, 2002
Limited edition of 175 copies
335 x 350mm
Bound in 2019

For Sale: £2100.00

This is a three- part binding in fair goat. The spine is craquelé and the boards are hand dyed and decorated using aniline dye and acrylic inks. Multiple blind and carbon tooled elements are incorporated into the design. Airbrushed background features and block printed details with yellow leather onlay highlight. There are full leather hand dyed fair goat doublures, joints and endbands. The endpapers are paste papers by the binder with back-pared onlaid leather lines. Presented in a bespoke wooden box, lined with suede and lifting ribbon and with decorative panel to the lid.

The design is a representation of the village of Hamelin in this well- known story, with black tooling leading from the bleak houses suggesting the leading away of the rats and/or the children. This core theme is also suggested on the endpapers and doublures with the dark lines leading into the hilly wilderness just to mysteriously disappear.

Winner of ‘The FineCut Trophy for Finishing’ at The Society of Bookbinders International Competition, 2019

Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri
Illustrated by Daniel Egneus
The Folio Society, 2015
240 x 150mm
Bound in 2016
Private Collection

Sewn onto four linen tapes and bound in crimson goatskin with black goat doublures and joints. Tooled in gold and black. Acrylic edge decoration and silk endbands. The design represents the significance of the ‘perfect’ number nine featured throughout the story, though things perhaps aren’t as perfect as they may at first appear. The black tooling represents the presence of death whilst the crimson leather reflects the colour of Beatrice’s dress.

Wrenching Times by Walt Whitman
Illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
Gwasg Gregynog, 1991
Number 296 of 450 copies
350 x 245 x 20mm
Bound in 2017

For Sale: £1200.00

The book is sewn onto five linen tapes and bound in a three-part structure with red goatskin on the spine and grey and blue goat on the boards, lightly airbrushed. There is a recessed red leather feature across each board and a back-pared onlaid moon on the front board in pale blue goatskin. There are multiple inlaid strips of leather on both boards decorated with multiple coloured foils. The author’s name is tooled on the spine in gold. The endpapers are made with red suede and the doublures are hand-dyed cloth, bordered to the edges with red goatskin. Headbands are hand sewn in red and white whilst the head and tail edges are lightly decorated with rough-printed lines and sprinkled gold leaf. The fore-edge is deckled.

Inspired by the poem ‘Look Down Fair Moon’, the design shows the moon above the battlefield, the lines representing the corpses of the dead indistinguishable from each other. The two primary colours on the boards reflect the grey and blue colours of the Unionist and Confederate uniforms. The blood red line between them, stretching across the binding, is the boundary between the northern and southern states in the conflict.

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
Chiswick Press, London, 1924
Limited edition of 500
Bound in 2016

For Sale: £1320.00

Bound in full Harmatan goatskin with onlays of puckered and sanded leather. Airbrushed and painted detail. The book edges are decorated with acrylics. Hand sewn silk double headbands. Full leather doublures and suede endpapers. Presented in a bespoke suede-lined wooden box with leather panel to the lid.

The design evokes a feel for the place in which the story unfolds. The book was first published as a ‘discovered’ ancient manuscript of true events; when Walpole admitted authorship it became the first in the genre of Gothic novels.

Selected for exhibition at The Bodleian Library as part of the Designer Bookbinders 2017 International Competition.

Emily Dickinson – Selected Poems
Illustrated by Jane Lydbury
The Folio Society, 2016
Bound in 2017

For Sale: £1140.00

Bound in full blue Pentland goat, airbrushed. Back-pared onlay of gold, cold tooled and sanded leather panel. Tooled background stars in gold. There are full leather doublures and suede endpapers. Silk sewn endbands covered in white gold leaf. Edges decorated with acrylics and sprinkled white gold leaf.
Presented in a suede lined bespoke drop-back box.
Winner of the St Bride Foundation Prize for Finishing, Designer Bookbinders annual competition 2017


Email: glenn@glennmalkin.com
Website: https://glennmalkin.com/
Instagram: @malkinglenn
Accepts Commissions: Yes