Julian Thomas
  • Various authors inc. Appolinaire, Beaumont, Baudelaire, etc.
    Shanty Bay Press, 2010
    375 x 270 x 25mm
    bound 2011


    Covered in crimson goatskin with onlays of green and yellow goatskin and calf that have been dyed in turquoise and bright blue. Inlays of black calfskin that have been textured, coloured with acrylic paints and lightly sandpapered. All book edges have been coloured with acrylic paint and polished. Endbands of red, yellow and dark blue silk. Pale yellow painted endpapers with red leather joints and green goatskin doublures.
  • The Tern Press, 1989
    374 x 273 x 19mm
    bound 2016


    Sewn on tapes laced into boards. Black goatskin doublures. Covered in dyed and maroon goatskins and inlays of embossed and acrylic coloured calfskins. Gilded and embossed calf inlays with red painted edges. Spine lettered in gold.
  • Edited by Glyn Tegai Hughes
    Gwasg Gregynog, 2009
    335 x 250 x 38mm
    bound 2016


    The book was sewn on five linen tapes laced into boards and was covered in black and purple goatskin. Dyed, embossed, painted and gilded calfskin are also used. The endpapers are hand painted in purple acrylic with green goatskin doublures. The top edge is cut and coloured in purple acrylic paint. Spine is lettered in gold.
  • Gwasg Gregynog, 1989
    380 x 220 x 32mm
    bound 2017


    Sewn on linen tapes laced into boards. Top edge coloured and polished. Silk headbands. Covered in tawed and tanned goatskins with recessed inlays of textured and painted calfskin. Crimson goatskin doublures. Spine lettered in gold.
 
  • Joined the bookbinding section of the National Library of Wales in 1969 and completed a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding. Has has spent his entire career in the library, subsequently becoming Head of Binding and Conservation in 1981 and Manager of the Conservation Unit in 2004. He became an accredited member of ICON in 2000. He is also an active member of the Society of Bookbinders. Undertakes book and paper conservation as well as commissioned private and edition bindings in his home workshop.
  • Elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996 and became it president in 2007.
  • In 2012 he was given Honorary Life Membership of the Archives and Records Association for his work training book and archive conservators. He was also awarded the MBE for Services to Conservation Science and Bookbinding.
  • He retired from the National Library of Wales in 2010 and is currently self employed as a book conservator and bookbinder.
  • Has work in public collections in the UK and private collections in UK, Europe, USA, Russia and Japan.