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Workshop – Paper covered In-boards binding

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Paper covered In-boards binding
Arthur Green
Green’s Books, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0EA
16-17 March 2024

Prior to the adoption of cloth covered case bindings as the principle binding style in England in the 1830s, the in-board style was predominant. Bookbinders had simplified and refined binding in-boards to its bare essentials; leather had given way to paper for covering, edges were left un-cut, and gold tooling had been replaced with printed paper covers and spine labels. However, for even the cheapest work, books were still sewn by hand and boards were still laced on before covering.

Many of these paper covered in-board bindings from the first decades of the 19th century have perished and those that survive are often overlooked due to their status as temporary bindings, but many do survive, and many have proven to be remarkably robust. This two-day workshop celebrates this early 19th century style. Students will make a model, from folding sections and sewing 2-up on a sewing frame to rounding and backing, lacing on boards and covering.

Suitable for…those with some bookbinding experience.

There will be a £30 materials fee for this workshop.

Arthur is an independent book conservator who owns and runs Green’s Books Ltd. near Malvern in the West Midlands. Since graduating with distinction from a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts in 2008, he has worked at institutions including the Leather Conservation Centre, The British Library, Oxford Conservation Consortium, and Oxford University’s Bodleian Library. Arthur is particularly interested in the history of bookbinding and has published widely on the subject.


This workshop will be held at Green’s Books and has a maximum number of 6 students.

If this workshop is showing as out of stock on the website and you wish to be put on a waiting list in case a place becomes available, please email db.jointworkshops@gmail.com


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