The Victorian Account Book – Spring Back with Dominic Riley
Thursday 17 October – Monday 21 October (5 days)
Course Cost: $625
“Account book binding includes everything from the penny memorandum book to the massive ledger” wrote Paul Hasluck in 1903 about this ubiquitous, but now rarely taught area of the bookbinder’s repertoire. It is a complex, intricate and extremely robust structure that was developed in the early nineteenth century for record books which needed to open perfectly flat. In the workshop, we will start by sewing the sections onto heavy webbing, adding strong cloth-jointed endpapers. The book is rounded, the edges decorated, and the spine lined with calfskin. Then comes the laminated flange, inserted into split boards along with the famous ‘spring back’, a steam-molded spine which grips the book firmly, throwing open the pages. Then we’ll cover the book in reverse calf, Russia bands, and vellum lacing. Finally, we’ll tool the boards in the traditional way using carbon, and add a gold blocked spine label.
Material fee to be advised. Payable to the tutor in cash on the day