Tom Phippen

Professional web dev, amateur bookbinder, socialist

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Of Mice and Men


This year’s Designer Bookbinders competition was Of Mice and Men. I’ve done a James Brockman style concave spine, quarter bound in leather with cave paper boards. The endpapers are cloth jointed marbled paper, the end bands are hand sewn.

The solander box is in green buckram with navy blue silk moire sides & blue backcloth on the trays, roughly matching the green leather / blue cave paper.

Lean Out


My first lockdown book is Lean Out by Dawn Foster, another hard left book in a red binding. It’s in quarter vellum with red/orange duotone cloth sides, the endpapers are marbled by Jemma Lewis, and it’s printed on Zerkall mould-made paper. The solander box is bound in Metallic Buckram with homemade paste paper lining the inner tray.

This turned out quite well, except for the printer being a pain in the arse.

Birds: The Art of Ornithology


This is a binding of the prints from the Natural History Museum edition.

The book of prints is three-quarter bound in green buckram, with Birdsong Katazome-Shi on the front board, the end papers are marbled and the end bands hand sewn. The prints are mounted on goat parchment paper.

The solander box has a cut out for the companion book, which is covered in a bird print, the rest of the box is bound in green and blue book cloth, with a parrot print on the cover.

The Law of Freedom


The Law of Freedom was a porto-communist manifesto written by Gerrard Winstanley. This edition was typeset & printed by by me on Caneletto Velino paper.

It’s bound in red/orange duotone cloth with hand sewn end bands. The endpapers in the 2 copies are 1 marbled by Jemma Lewis and 1 with Huun handmade paper, matching the linings of their solander cases. The cases are in Asahi bookcloth and maroon, or really more of a burgundy buckram.

The Illustrated Man


The Illustrated Man was the Designer Bookbinder’s competition using the Folio Society text. This version is bound in quarter bound in parchment, with translucent parchment sides over coloured paper, with a linocut Baobab Tree. The endpapers are cloth jointed marbled paper, the end bands hand-sewn.

The solander case is in a dark green buckram and light green cloth.

The Communist Manifesto


It’s 170 years to the day since The Communist Manifesto was published, here’s my recently completed hand-bound edition. Quarter-bound in vellum with red silk moire sides & white silk endpapers. The solander box is bound in blue silk moire, with gold Unryu sides and extracts on parchment paper lining the inside. It’s set in Doves Type using the text from Project Gutenberg

Keeping Richard Adams in Whitchurch


I saw last year that Richard Adams’s library was up for auction. I wanted to keep at least one of the books in Whitchurch, but couldn’t quite stretch to the £47,800 for the Second Folio.

I did manage to get the 12 volume 1820 edition of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, featuring the great bookplate.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 12 Volumes

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Cover

Richard Adams's bookplate