Fine Binding

Explanation and illustration

As with several other explanation pages in this site I am not expert enough to define a Fine Binding. If there is such a ~ reliable ~ definition somewhere then there is no point in my repeating it, and I will gladly provide a link to it. My understanding of fine binding may well be markedly different from the public understanding. I am not out to educate them. So this page is just an excuse to waffle a bit, in my bloggy way, but also to show some examples of what must surely classify as Fine Bindings by any standards.

I hate being pedantic, but must point out that there is surely a difference between a finely bound book and a finely decorated book. Since I have no great personal interest in fine bindings ~ I am a bookcrafter ~ not a bookbinder ~ interested primarily in function ~ I can only show samples culled from the WWW rather than from my own gallery. I acknowledge the source where it is known. Please ask me to add your credentials, or delete, anything that is rightfully yours to control ~ [mail me].

A very ornate, bejewelled, fine binding
This illustration is taken from the WWW at
Note that the cover hinge is a mechanical one

A simply worked, elegant, fine binding
The Otter Bookbinding site has a magnificent gallery of many types of
fine binding. They are based in Midhurst, West Sussex, UK

A fine binding in an early 21st century style
This is a popular style of the early 21st century, with multiple leathers on display.
The binding is of a more traditionally ancient style

For further interest readers may care to browse the many samples on the WWW under fine bindings, and we also have illustrations of ~
~ one of the oldest surviving bound books [117143]
~ a double tragedy of fine bindings twice lost forever[115032]

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