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So the time had finally come where I could say that the book and box were completely finished therefore time for photography to commence! The following images are now also on my website, along with a few more shots of the binding and box.

FULL COVER:

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FUSCHIA DETAIL:

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ROSE DETAIL:

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FRONT DOUBLURES AND ENDPAPERS:

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BACK DOUBLURE:

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OAK BOX ALONGSIDE THE BOOK:

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BOOK NEXT TO THE OPEN BOX:

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BOOK IN THE OPEN BOX WITH RIBBON LIFTER:

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DETAIL OF THE BOOK IN THE OPEN BOX:

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“HYPSIPYLE” LABEL DETAIL:

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OPEN BOX:

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BOTTOM HEADCAP AND ENDBAND DETAIL:

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OPEN BOOK: 

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“THE LEGENDE OF GOODE WIMMEN” PAGE DETAIL:

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Not the best photograph but I thought it was important to get an image of me holding the book, one to show the sense of scale and two to prove that I actually did it(!).

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And off it then went to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair where it took pride of place on booth E33, the stand of Bromer Booksellers from Boston. 

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What an honour it was to say that I have bound a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer, there are not going to be many opportunities such as this and it was a really amazing journey from beginning to end that I have been pleased to share through these series of blog posts.

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2 thoughts on “Binding the Kelmscott Chaucer, Part Eight: Completion

  1. I just finished all the posts for this wildly beautiful project you undertook, so gorgeous. I’ve made piddly (compared to this) little books for myself but never knew what rebinding took, Wow.

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to read them all. When I set out writing this I didn’t expect it to run to eight instalments, I guess that just shows how many steps go into the bookbinding process!

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