The Art & Craft of Leatherwork

by Cécile Francis-Lewis

Seely, Service & Co, 1928

readability rating
3 star readability rating A decent, browsable book.
content rating
3 star content rating Useful in parts, though directed more at leatherworkers than binders.

This book was recommended to me by one of Scotland's finest binders when we were discussing several obscure leather decoration techniques. Although rooted in the artistic sensibilities of its time, and directed primarily at leatherworkers rather than binders, it is certainly comprehensive.

The Good Stuff
The techniques are described in step by step detail, with line drawings of the designs used. The book covers a wide variety of decorational methods,, including several different modelling, carving, hammering, and tooling techniques.
Could Do Better
There are two things about this book that make it harder to use for bookbinding, neither of which are Lewis-Francis' fault.
Best Bit
I was interested in the dedication:
Dedicated to her Highness Nawab Sultan Jahan, Begum of Bhopal, G.C.F.I, G.C. I.E, G.B.C.I., to whose sympathy & encouragement I owe so much.
I would love to know the story behind that.