that bookbinders undertake are for private individuals who want a unique
binding of a treasured text for their own personal delight or as a special
gift. What could make a more inspired and personal gift? The pleasure
and excitement of commissioning a binding - and the joy of handling the
finished piece - cannot be overestimated. When you own a fine binding
you have a book that has been painstakingly executed by a highly skilled
bookbinder and is a pleasure to look at, to handle and to read.
What to do
Firstly you need to select a bookbinder. Go to the Fellows and Licentiates
pages in the Members section
to view the variety of work available. Designer Bookbinders can provide a
list of Fellows and Licentiates who undertake commissions. Most of the binders
take on commissions and you can contact them directly or, for more general
advice, write/ring/email the Designer Bookbinders secretary (see below).
Make your choice of text and design
You can provide a book text of your own, or leave the choice of text to the
binder. You may like to discuss the design with the binder or give him/her
a free hand. Alternatively you may agree with the binder that the design
is submitted before work is started on the book. Bindings can range in price
from £150 to several thousands. Agree timing, especially if you have
a specific deadline.