These meticulously made and highly decorated little Pocket Books are the jewel in our product range - we pour all our skill and craftsmanship into them, following as much as possible the methods used in period bookbindings from the 17th to the mid-9th-century.
The block of these books are made from 75 pages of Hahnemuhle Ingres, a high-quality, cotton-rich laid paper with deckled edges. Each quire of paper is formed from a single folded sheet, which is torn by hand and then sewn onto recessed hemp cords with linen thread. The recessed cords and a hollow back, allow the book to open flat for ease of use. Hand sewn end-bands are applied to finish off the top and bottom of the book before the boards are attached.
For the covering material, we use vegetable tanned Goatskin, which we stain ourselves using vegetable dyestuffs, Iron Gall Ink (Black) & Sappanwood (Red). Once the leather is pared and stuck to the board it is flattened and polished with a hot iron to resemble the fashionable Morocco leather of the 17th and 18th-century. The last step in the production of these books is the decoration, which is inspired by the gold tooling seen on books of the period 1670-90. The tooling which is executed in 23-carat gold leaf is applied by hand using traditional heated finishing tools.
We love making these books and lavish a great deal of care, time & attention on them. They are intended to be heirloom books that are made to be enjoyed in your lifetime and will last well beyond it.
Size. 130mm x 80mm, 75 pages of Hahnemuhle Ingres ivory paper.