Glenn Bartley
  • by Marianne Tidcombe
    The British Library, London & Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Delaware, 2002
    285 x 225 x 36mm
    bound 2016
    Private collection

    "When I was considering my design for this book, there were stories in the media regarding the sad behaviour of Cobden-Sanderson before his death and the episode when he threw the Doves type into the River Thames from Hammersmith Bridge to prevent it falling into the hands of his former business partner, Emery Walker. A plan was hatched, which proved successful, to retrieve some of the type from the river using scuba divers, and then to study and properly replicate this great typeface. This evocative event at the historical end of The Doves Press was the inspiration"
  • by Robert Browning
    Initials by Eric Gill
    The Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence, 1925
    Copy no. 99 of 360
    267 x 201 x 15mm
    bound 2016

    Full calfskin vellum, marbled endpapers with design of airbrushed spirit dyes and gold tooling. Spine title brush-lettered by calligrapher Helen Scholes.

    Inspired by the vellum bindings of Sydney M. Cockerell and Joan Rix Tebbut, who collaborated regularly and particularly in the 1970s on this style of binding. Presentation copy from Robert Gibbings, owner of The Golden Cockerel Press, and signed: 'To KG Zeidman from Robert Gibbings March 1927'.
  • by Aldous Huxley
    Gravures by Sara McAfee
    The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1974
    270 x 198mm
    bound 2000
    Private Collection, UK

    Goatskin with airbrushed calf; airbrushed goatskin and calf doublures; gilt edges; gold and blind tooling.
  • by Yann Martel
    Canongate Books, 2002
    225 x 150 x 37mm
    bound 2002
    Collection: the author

    Full grey goatskin; vellum and orange goatskin onlays; Thai handmade endpapers; coloured edges; palladium and blind tooling.
  • Glenn Bartley has been binding books professionally for over thirty years. Having studied at Guildford College he then worked for a bindery in Oxford for five years and established his own bindery in Culham, Oxfordshire in 1991.
    Elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1999, he has exhibited his contemporary bookbindings worldwide. In 1996 he won the DB Silver Medal (Mansfield Medal) and 1st Prize Fine Binding category for professional binders in the 2005 Society of Bookbinders International Competition.
  • He has worked on a wide variety of material for clients from Oxford University to private collectors and institutions around the world. He has also demonstrated and lectured widely the traditional techniques of binding, particularly gold tooling and vellum covering.
  • In 2017, after 26 years of self-employment, he embarked on a new adventure as bookbinder at The Royal Bindery in Windsor Castle.
  • "A childhood exposure to traditional finely bound books was the catalyst for choosing bookbinding as a career but it was only much later, whilst training at college that I was made aware of the possibilities of using traditional bookbinding techniques in a more contemporary way.
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