Prints by Four Artists

Prints by Four Artists

Artist book of prints by four artists
c. 1641
Fully bound in green parchment
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CONDITION

BINDING The heavy parchment cover was damaged in several places, including a piece missing from the back-board and a frayed split down the spine. The cover was pasted onto the boards, and also either lined or placed on lined boards. The boards were warped and had heavy corner damage. Other than this they were fairly solid and reusable.

TEXTBLOCK was packed sewn, though it was mostly broken. There was heavy paper damage with tears along the spine, the edges of the book and two loose leaves. The edges were brittle throughout the book . It was extremely dirty throughout.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION There were two heavily damaged and unusable green ties.

TREATMENT

  • Mechanically cleaned throughout with a chemical sponge.
  • Pulled apart the sewing, keeping the back board and final section attached together as it was part of the last section.
  • Carried out paper repairs to the textblock and section folds using various appropriate Japanese tissue.
  • Consolidated corners of the boards,including recreating one using layered grey board. They were left uncovered.
  • Pressed the boards to flatten where possible, without humidification.
  • Attached new cords to the old cords by sewing and pasting them together.
  • Resewed the sections with packed sewing, using the back board as the primary section to sew from, as final section was still attached.
  • Cords were laced into the boards using the original method.
  • Spine backed with PaperNao K37.
  • Rebacked with parchment, toned with Selaset Dyes.
  • Created and attached a net pouch to preserve the green ties.

The Book Hut Giveaway | May 2015

As summer is on it’s way, it seemed like a good time to start a new monthly post – a book giveaway! These will all be second hand books, some more tatty and well loved than others, but all in tact.

The idea is that each month, I will post a new (old!) book which will be that month’s giveaway. It might be fiction or non fiction depending on what I have that looks interesting. In order to be eligible for winning that month’s giveaway, you will need to add a comment to the post on the subject that I have listed for that month. For example, the subject might be something like your favourite plant, should it be a book on gardening.

To celebrate the start of this new post series, I am starting the giveaway with three books, two fiction and one non-fiction – hopefully all of which will be on interest.

The Book Hut Giveaway | May 2015:

IMG_0337The Other Queen
By Phillippa Gregory

A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth’s trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick.

 

 

 


IMG_0335Never Look Away
By Linwood Barclay

It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day will help dispel his wife Jan’s recent depression that has led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their son Ethan turns into a nightmare.

 

 

 

IMG_0333The Complete Book Of Herbs
By Lesley Bremness

Before embarking on your design, consider how much time and effort you are willing to put into your herb garden and how much maintenance any proposed scheme is likely to require.

 

 

 

 

To be part of the giveaway, please add a comment on the post on:

You’re favourite book!
(Please also include your choice of the three books!)


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David Barber’s Sketchbook

David Barber's Sketchbook

David Barber’s Sketchbook
c.2014
Flexible binding in full tan goatskin. Sewn landscape onto five cords and trimmed, with endbands in beige and green silk.
Paper was alternated between Surrey Cartridge and Windsor & Newton Sketching & Drawing Paper.
276×207 (WH), 15 sections, 3 bifolios per sections

David Barber’s Sketchbook was designed with specific requirements from the artist. The layout was landscape to allow the artist to draw across the double page spread, it was also imperative that the binding opened well when completed giving access to the gutter of the book. The texblock was created from two different types of paper alternating between each section, one more appropriate for watercolour, the other for drawing in ink.

The text block was sewn onto five cords, which were then laced into the boards. The boards are lined to allow for the pull of the leather on the front and the leather left plain for the artist to decorate. The endpapers were made from the Surrey Cartridge paper, again, designed for use from the artist.

For more examples of fine bindings and newly bound volumes, have a look at bookbinding. For more information on the Artist, have a look at his interview on Worthing Art.

David Barber's Sketchbook
The first drawing by David Barber
David Barber with his sketchbook
David Barber with his sketchbook

This week at The Book Hut

This is just a snippet of goodness to share what is going on at The Book Hut in Worthing this week.

Well I would be remiss if I did not mention the biggest news this week – that being the East Beach Studios winning Sunny Worthing Awards for Best Arts and Crafts Business! It was a great night, held at St Pauls in Worthing, with many of us hutters in attendance in our glad rags. Here is our official photo, taken by the fantastic Ed Watts:

Sunny Worthing Award for Best Arts & Crafts Business Worthing
Sunny Worthing Award for Best Arts & Crafts Business Worthing

I also managed to finish two rebacks this week, along with some shoulder repair on a little Victorian quarter binding, and a spine repair on a little cloth binding. All very satisfying to get to work on and quite pleasing to see finished – here’s to hoping their owners are also pleased!

Drift Lines, who make the ever popular foxtails and ears, have brought me along another stash of foxtails, as well as some bunny bums! Ears to follow before Easter, and then it will be bunnies & foxes rather than cops & robbers – a bit more gruesome when you think about it!

Drift Lines Bunny Bums!
Drift Lines Bunny Bums!

Finally the pamphlet bindings are done and are now on Etsy for your perusal and purchase!

Pamphlet bindings looking lovely
Pamphlet bindings looking lovely

This week at The Book Hut

This week has been a hive of activity and productivity at the book hut, with lots of new projects coming in and a substantial amount of tools and other treats completed and ready for the Etsy store.

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The projects coming in have been a selection of spine removals, tape removal, rehousing, rebacking and a full fine binding for an author based locally, which is going to be a great project get going on – so good stuff all around!

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These lifting tools have been made from old hacksaw blades and are extremely useful for getting under spine pieces, end papers and for tape removal. At the moment, I am investigating the limitations of listing knives (or prison shanks, as one of the other hutters renamed them…) on Etsy, as I suspect there are numerous restrictions on selling weapons online! If you would like one before I have sorted this out, please email me – they are £15.00 each, plus P&P.

Also on the agenda were tin can organisers made from coca cola cans and the like – If you haven’t seen them before, they are the same size as mini Filofaxes and can be refilled. All available on Etsy!

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I also finally managed to get my little pamphlet bindings folded and in the press, they’ll be ready for trimming and sewing next week – watch this space for completed ones!

Phew! Busy week – don’t mention the map, it’s my nemesis.

ingénue magazine – showing off The Book Hut

ingénue magazine is dedicated to promoting new and emerging creative talent, and, based around the South Downs and Coast, provides an informative basis to the local community on forthcoming events and exhibitions.

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I was lucky enough to be selected as part of the most recent publication, the first of four this year. The section on The Book Hut, is aimed at providing information on workshops and classes in the local area, and was looking at the longstitch binding and marbling for children workshops that we have done at the hut.

The magazine also included a fantastic double-paged spread on the East Beach Studios as a collection with a little snippet on each of the huts, and some great night shots by Luke Casserly Photography.

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