The Deterioration of a Book

Deterioration of a Book

Sea Fishing on the English Coast
by Frederick G. Aflalo
Hardback with laminate cover, no dust jacket, perfect bound without sewn sections.

The Deterioration of a Book

As a book conservator, I repair books on a daily basis, all in varying states of destruction and disrepair. As a resident of Worthing and the South Coast, I am witness to the destruction and disrepair caused by the sea and coastal weather to buildings and all kinds of objects.

However I have yet to see any evidence of a book being destroyed by the sea and weather. This is what I hope to observe over the course of the year ahead, and record here as part of an ongoing installation with ‘Art on the Pier‘.

The book itself is installed at Coast Cafe, near The Book Hut, and new and updated images will be put onto my website on a monthly basis.

A record of the deterioration

 

The Book Hut Giveaway | July 2015

The Book Hut Giveaway | July 2015

Each month I give away a book – these vary from month to month, depending on what I have that looks interesting! They are all second hand books, some more tatty and well loved than others, but all in tact.

To take part in the giveaway, you just need to comment on the blog post at the bottom of the page, on the subject listed below.

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS:

Gold – Jonathan Khoo
London Travel Guides –  Jenna M

Please email me with your address and I will post your book to you. Thank you very much for taking part and I hope you enjoy the book.

THE BOOK HUT GIVEAWAY | JULY 2015:

Stanley Spencer
Stanley Spencer
A Biography by Kenneth Pople

STANLEY SPENCER
A Biography by Kenneth Pople

This is the first biography of Stanley Spencer to be written with the full co-operation of Spencer’s family, and access to his letters and diaries. Kenneth Pople’s method is to advance biographically by examining the pictures in detail. His analysis demonstrates that there never was an artist for whom life and art were so much of a piece, and that without understanding Spencer’s doings and circumstances, we have no hope of understanding the paintings. He reveals for the first time, for example, the complexity of Spencer’s thinking behind his divorce of his first wife and life-long inspiration, Hilda, his marriage to his lesbian second wife, and his desperate attempts therafter to establish a menage a trois. Spencer was, as is well-known, born, brought up, and for the whole of his life rooted in the tiny community of Cookham on the Thames. The sense of place which is everywhere prevalent in Spencer’s paintings is examined in this biography. This work integrates biography, analysis of paintings and extracts from Spencer’s own writing.

COMMENT ON:

One of your favourite early 21st century artists

(Comments box is at the bottom of the post)

KEEP IN TOUCH:

If you would like to hear about next months giveaway, please follow this blog using the box at the bottom of the page, and you will get emailed when it is posted.

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The Book Hut Giveaway | June 2015

The Book Hut Giveaway | June 2015

Each month I give away a book – these vary from month to month, depending on what I have that looks interesting! They are all second hand books, some more tatty and well loved than others, but all in tact.

To take part in the giveaway, you just need to comment on the blog post at the bottom of the page, on the subject listed.

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS:

The Other Queen – Mary G
Never Look Away – Jenna O
The Complete Book of Herbs – Lisa K

Please email me with your address and I will post your book to you. Thank you very much for taking part and I hope you enjoy the book.

THE BOOK HUT GIVEAWAY | JUNE 2015:

Gold
Gold
by Chris Cleaver

GOLD
by Chris Cleave

The third novel from Chris Cleave, author of the bestselling The Other Hand. Kate and Zoe are friends but also ardent rivals – athletes at the top of their game, fighting to compete in the world’s greatest sporting contest. Each scarred by tragedy, and each with a great deal to lose, they must choose between family and glory and ask themselves: what will I sacrifice?

London Travel Guides
London Travel Guides
Rough Guides

LONDON TRAVEL GUIDES
by London Rough Guides

London has something for everyone – art galleries and shopping arcades, spacious parks and grand palaces. Detailed colour maps, tube map and practical information on all the essentials, make getting around easy. With chapters dedicated to the best hotels, restaurants and cafés, pubs and bars, live music and clubs, shops, theatre, kids’ activities and more.

COMMENT ON:

One of your favourite places to visit in London

(Comments are at the bottom of the post)

KEEP IN TOUCH:

If you would like to hear about next months giveaway, please follow this blog using the box at the bottom of the page, and you will get emailed when it is posted.

Please spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter by using the links at the bottom of the page.

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!)


If you would like to hear about next months giveaway, please follow this blog using the box in the right hand column, and you will get emailed when it is posted.

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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

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.

ingenue7_front cover

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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