Matthew Flinders

Friends of the Library of South Australia sometimes produce a binders edition of one of their publications. Matthew Flinders - Private Journal is such an edition.

The binder receives the book in flat sheets and proceeds to collate and fold them in to sections. These are then sewn by hand on a sewing frame. This piece of bookbinding equipment has not changed since the 1750’s. Once that is completed the outer cover is made for the book. The choice of materials in this case are leather and hand marbled paper. To be able to print the title on the spine, the text has to be set in a chase. This is very exacting work. The typeset is then  heated and printed onto the leather. No room for mistakes!

The end result is a handsome, unique volume of this work.

 

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