Last night we were fortunate to host a demonstration and talk on the craft of bookbinding. The talk was given by Brian Cole from The Castle Bindery, Stonegate, York. Often in the shop we come across  books that in a varying state of repair without necessarily thinking about the techniques involved in making them.

Brian’s talk was both fascinating and enlightening. he gave us an overview of the development of the book through history from the use of papyrus in ancient Egypt to the book as we now know it.

He also showed us various methods that he uses to restore books. And managing to clear up the distinction between a folio, quarto and octavo.

If you’re interested in binding or want to get something restored his workshop within the antiques centre on Stonegate is well worth a visit.