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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
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Knight’s London books

A gentleman came to my studio with a rather tatty set of books. He wanted them restored.

It was soon discovered that these volumes were not only broken but unreadable as parts of one volume were in other volumes, sections and pages were even muddled up – printers and collators mistakes.

Collating  the books was a major task as there was not logic to their order – or rather disorder. After getting the covers off, the spines cleaned and mended we set about collating them into the correct order – a huge task.

I am very interested in how the books got to Australia, why they are in such a mess and any other details about the publication. The Knight’s London are in 6 volumes, no priting date but the last reference to a date is in the chapter about Tattersalls moving to new premises in 1865. The volumes are standard trade binding in style with attractive front covers.

These volumes were followed by 2 volumes under the title of Curiosities written by John Timbes, FSA. These were originally printed in 1855 by the same company in the same binding style and covers as the Knight’s London. They were revised and reprinted in 1867. I am assuming the Knight’s were also reprinted then.

After pulling these two volumes it was discovered they were really only 1\one large book, there was no logical division that allowed them to be separated into 2 books (this made them the same size as the Knight’s volumes).

If anyone can shed some light on these books, why they were in the confused state and where I can source more information about them. We all are intrigued over here about their story and history. I can give more information about them if required.


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