The art and transformation of Book Binding throughout the 19th Century.


The 19th Century was a time of change. The level of literacy increased and with it, the demand for books by the wider public.

The book binding industry responded by seeking alternative materials as well as cheaper and faster methods of production. The binding style up until this time in history had been hand sewn or formally known as ‘Sewn Bound’.

Vellum and leather were the traditional cover materials but these were expensive and in short supply.

The most successful new cover material was a linen fabric. This could be mass produced whilst maintaining a top quality