This meticulously made and highly luxurious pocket book is the jewel in our product range, it is made entirely by hand using methods from the late 17th-century.
The block of these books are made from 100 pages of high-quality laid paper. 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 edges of the book blocked have been ploughed smooth and then coloured. 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, 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 lavish a great deal of care, time & attention on a book like this. It is intended to be heirloom book, to be enjoyed in your lifetime and to be handed down to the generations to come.
Size. 150mm x 100mm, 100 pages of ivory laid paper.