The Great Omar: The Jewel of Sangorski & Sutcliffe

Sangorski & Sutcliffe is an extremely well-known bookbinding firm. Founded in London in 1901, they are especially known for their sumptuous bindings. (You can learn more about Sangorski & Sutcliffe and see examples of their work in our gallery). The practice of binding books with exquisite jeweled bindings was popular in the Middle Ages, but Sangorski & Sutcliffe resurrected the craft. Their books were bound in intricately inlaid multicolored leather, and often set with real gold, jewels, and semi-precious stones. Their most famous work was The Great Omar … Continued

Varieties of Book Binding

Books appear in a wide variety of different bindings. The variety of book binding presentations has a rich heritage, from the first scrolls of the ancient world through contemporary mass-market paperbacks and unbound ebooks.

Bookbinding History

The earliest scribes engraved their records into wax tablets, palm-leaves and a variety of scrolls. The antiquity of scrolls as a method of preserving information now lends a sense of tradition and formality for many ceremonial documents and religious texts. Parchment pages sewn to wooden boards encased in leather comprised the first actual bound books. Clasps often held these books shut, because they tended to spread open over time as the pages swelled from moisture in the air.

Ornate decoration and embossing typified books during the middle ages. Animals, angels, and stories covered both the covers and interiors of books. Paper, introduced in Asia between the ninth and twelfth centuries dominated books by the end of the medieval period. Printed books standardized bookbinding in a way that was not possible for individually crafted volumes. (more…)

Fahrenheit 451 with a match


Check out this cover design for Ray Bradbury’s classic, Fahrenheit 451. It was done for The Austin Creative Department by Elizabeth Perez.

The match lives in the 1 and the spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface.

A incendiary copy! Wow.

For Perez it is actually a redesign of this earlier cover:



and here is what the original dust jacket looked like:


New York: Ballantine Books, 1953 Basis for the 1966 film starring Oskar Werner as Montag and Julie Christie in the dual roles of Linda (Mildred) Montag and Clarisse and directed by François Truffaut. Barron: Anatomy of Wonder 1995, 3-31. Bound in red boards with yellow lettering [Currey binding D, no priority though the paperback preceeds the hardcover]. The lightest of shelf wear at the lower cornes and base of the spine, else fine in near fine dust jacket. A superior copy.. First edition, first printing. $3200


and while we are talking about matches:


Colorado Springs: Gauntlet Press, 2006. First edition, limited issue of 750 numbered copies signed by Bradbury on the limitation page. Copy #729. Edited by Donn Albright. Preface by Bradbury. Foreword by Richard Matheson. Introduction by William Touponce. Textual essay by Jonathan Eller. Illustrated. Unread copy in Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket.  $385


Reading copies of Fahrenheit 451



Part of this post originally appeared on Book Patrol

Bloody Books: A Strange Collection

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