Identifying the origins of a manuscript is a notoriously subjective art, one that requires an impressive visual memory and an exceedingly trained eye that can quickly spot the telltale details which hint at certain artists, periods, and locations.
This vintage Russian magazine about printing was published for only two years, but it already gave me a lot of insights into the epoch. This time we share the second issue of the first year of publishing: December 1901.
So, here is the first book I ever bound. While the top photo is quite dramatic, check the other images to see some mistakes I made. The spine is stitched because I recycled the leather from a jacket and wanted to cover the old holes.
This album is a collection of newspaper cutouts with cartoons by the Dutch artist Jo Spier. From 1924 to 1939, he worked in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and authored a plethora of illustrations about everyday life.
A practical guide to bookbinding that includes multiple projects aimed to help to master the basics of the craft. Softcover, 1931. Limp cloth wrappers, 8vo, 48pp.; multiple illustrations and schemes.
I have been asked to "Just do a workshop" ... "locally, so it need not be a special thing" ... oh yes... and that four-letter word beginning with F or f that professionals dread... "for free"! After all, "it's just bits of paper, isn't it?"
These are paste papers from an early 20th-century edition of the German translation of Le déserteur, an opéra comique by the French composer Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny. Book from the collection of Leon Laserson.
The drawing is inspired by a doodle found in a 19th-century book about Napoleon. I found that volume on a flea market in Amsterdam. Sometimes the most interesting finds do not need any major investment!
Everyone loves a good old workshop tour. It's always interesting to get a sneak peek of how your colleague organized things and how they do the work. So today, we have a chance to visit Introligatornia Tylkowski.
We've been asked to add this item to our stock for quite a long time. And finally, that moment came. From now on, we offer this signature punching cradle with a guide for an awl at our Etsy shop.