We are proud to showcase fine examples of the bookbinding art. The bindings
below were all created using our leathers. Click on the
thumbnails for details and a bigger picture.
'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri bound by Stuart Brockman, 2013
Louise Brockman marbled endleaves; gilt edges (solid on all three edges); sewn on four 6mm linen tapes; spine glued and shaped; laminated cushioned boards laced on; multicoloured double endbands; spine lined with unbleached cotton and acid free paper hollow; book covered in full black goatskin; design applied with goatskin onlays, gold and palladium tooling; lettered in gold leaf; book housed in velvet lined quarter leather box lettered in gold to spine.
The two halves of the design represent the two brothers – Udayan to the right, represented by the red Communist star – (only half the star is present to represent a life cut short), and the US flag, to the left, representing Subhash. They are positioned on opposite sides to represent the distance that grew between the brothers. The title is gold tooled in both the Roman alphabet and Morse code – a hobby the boys shared as children. The entire design is framed by a representation of a chess board – another shared pursuit. The curved lines and onlayed blue circle represent their common heritage (representation of the Indian flag). The four waved lines also represent the four people that link the brothers – their father, mother, wife and (step) daughter. The undulating nature of the lines shows the turmoil in the lives of those individuals caused by the death of the younger brother.
Slipcase made by Sue Spear
Slipcase for a document holder for a 1965 Ford Mustang coupé.
THE VELLUM BOOK, Honourable Artillery Company 2014 (Signature book) bound by James & Stuart Brockman
Vellum leaves; marbled paper in HAC colours made by Louise Brockman; book covered in full dark brown Harmatan goatskin; Hallmarked silver clasps, corners and centre pieces (supplied and engraved by silversmith Paul Barnard); turn-ins blind tooled with red and blue Harmatan leather onlaid into the lines; spine blind tooled; boards blind tooled and black goatskin onlaid into tooled lines.
Quarter Harmatan leather box, lettered in palladium and tooled with the HAC crest, lined with museum grade Ultra IV fabric.
Winner of the Harmatan Leather Prize at the 2016 Designer Bookbinders Annual Bookbinding Competititon.
With onlays, tooling and ink. The design reflects Dante's evolving sense of the limitations of courtly love and its transition into sacred love. The nine bronze stars represent Dante and Beatrice who are both aged nine when they first meet.
Der magische Schriftsteller Gustav Meyrink by Theodor Harmsen bound by Geert van Daal, The Netherlands