A short instruction in the binding of books

A parchment binding for a facsimile edition of a wonderful 17th-century Dirck de Bray’s manuscript “Short instruction in the binding of books”, one of several surviving manuscripts on the craft of bookbindery.

After working on antique parchment binding conservation, I felt so familiar with this historical Dutch-style binding structure, that it lead me to some creative interpretation with the red details.

KORT ONDERWEIJS VAN HET BOECKEN BINDEN / A SHORT INSTRUCTION IN THE BINDING OF BOOKS,  edited by Koert van der Horst and Clemens de Wolf. Published by Uithoorn Atelier De Ganzenweide, 2012.

The online version of this edition is available here.