Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spanish Ledger Replica


I was asked if I could make a blank book in the same manner as a particular limp vellum ledger binding from 1670, which can be viewed online at the Conservation Studies website for the University of Texas at Austin. Of course, I said yes.

Using an old parchment document for the cover (above), I was able to make a very old-looking replica.


On the original book, the decorative stitching was most likely done with narrow alum tawed strips; but, lacking a source of alum tawed skin, I used pigskin leather for the loop and toggle, and artificial sinew for the stitching.


For the blank pages inside, I used Old Master paper from Saint-Armand. Needless to say, that project ranks among my most favorite. If only I could have kept the finished book for myself...but alas it is gone off to the person who commissioned it. But I wish I got more requests like that.

16 comments:

Liesan said...

That looks so nice! very well done. I adore the manuscript as cover

Rhonda said...

thanks liesan!

Julie (aka BoogaJ) said...

Wow! Very beautiful book and very cool that you were able to replicate it so closely. Thanks for showing this!

Crafty Ash said...

wow! what a project to get commissioned for! you did such a great job!

Rhonda said...

thanks julie and craftyash!

Ali said...

Wow! this is so great Rhonda! I really love the cover - it looks so good! Well Done!

Rhonda said...

thanks Ali :)

Velma said...

Nice job, and using the old vellum that way is totally authentic. Now, make one for yourself!

Rhonda said...

thanks Velma! and yes, the next time i find myself in possession of an old parchment document i will make one for myself :)

mchen said...

One word: WOW. Congrats on getting this commission in the first place, and then again for such a gorgeous result; they must've been thrilled when you showed them. You are DANG good! :)

PrairiePeasant said...

Hi Rhonda! I just nominated you for the "Spreader of Love" award...for your ongoing encouragement to all bookmakers and team support. Details are over at my blog...
:)

Louis R. Dilts said...

Rhonda: could you give me the name of a good leather supplier for my books? (in the US). Love your work. You are the one of the most creative binders on the internet. Cheers,Lou

Rhonda said...

Thank you Louis!
I am not in the USA, so there are probably a lot of good leather sources of which I'm unaware. I started buying leather on Ebay and I still use Ebay - I can get good stuff for limp leather bindings. If you are doing fine bindings, you'd probably want to buy from a bookbinding supplier like Talas (www.talasonline.com) or Hollanders
(www.hollanders.com) so you can be sure of its quality.

Breitling Replica said...

Cover looks very perfect, Cover making is your profession>?

Rhonda Miller said...

Thanks BreitlingReplica.
Well, I suppose my profession is "bookbinder" or "book and paper artist" - it is difficult to commit to a title!

Richard Norman said...

More great work Rhonda.

Regards

Richard