Calf reback recently completed by Paul

Calf reback recently completed by Paul

Established in 1982 in the historic city of Cambridge, Brignell Bookbinders employ only the finest craftsmen who have trained in the traditional art of hand bookbinding. We pride ourselves on the highest standards of workmanship and only the finest materials are used.

Most of the materials or adhesive we use are acid free and reversible.

Although there is a combined expertise of more than 150 years in the workshop we do like to keep up with new innovations.

If you visit Kings College Chapel you will see some of our restoration work, and our fine bindings are regularly presented to royalty and visiting VIPs.

Opening times Monday-Thursday 8.00am-5.15pm, Friday 8.00am-4.00pm.
Evening classes Tuesday 4.00pm-7.30pm

How to Open a Book

Hold the book with its back on a smooth or covered table: let the front board down, then the other, holding the leaves in one hand while you open a few leaves at the back, then a few at the front, and so on, alternately opening back and front, gently pressing open the sections until you reach the centre of the volume. Do this two or three times and you will obtain the best results. Open the volume violently or carelessly in any one place and you will likely break the back and cause a start in the leaves. Never force the back of the book.