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Bookbinding Videos for sale



"BINDER VISION" series of programmes 1-4. This is a specialist series for
everyone interested in the finely bound book, from bookbinders, to
collectors and conservators.
Each video can be formatted to suit most countries, the price is $50 for
each programme or $150 for the set of four programmes (plus postage).



BINDER VISION 1.

ELIZABETH GREENHILL: BOOKBINDER TALKS TO MARIANNE TIDCOMBE. WITH COMMENT ON
HER WORK IN HIS COLLECTION FROM THE LORD WARDINGTON.

The first edition of Binder Vision is devoted to the person and work of
Elizabeth Greenhill.

Born in Paris in 1907, it was in that city Elizabeth was first tutored in
bookbinding. Moving to London she studied both at Chelsea School of Art and
the Central School of Arts and Crafts with Douglas Cockerell. Later she was
taught by William Matthews.

Miss Greenhill established her own bindery, first at home and then in
London's Essex Street at which she worked until the war.

In post-war years she was associated first with The Guild of Contemporary
Binders and the with its successor body, Designer Binders.

Throughout her professional career Elizabeth Greenhill aimed for the
highest standards and her bindings are widely acknowledged as exemplary
both in their design and execution.

Elizabeth Greenhill is interviewed in this programme by Dr. Marianne
Tidcombe, the historian and biographer, well known for her books on Cobden
Sanderson and The Doves Bindery. Their conversation reveals fascinating
details of Miss Greenhill's approach to book design. Showing samples from
her own collection she compares the work of other binders. Through her
anecdotes, collectors and fellow binders are brought to life as she
reminisces about her long working life, happily extended by her design work
which other binders of appropriate standard are able to execute.

The Lord Wardington, a British collector who has commissioned Elizabeth
Greenhill to bind a number of books for his library offers his personal
view of her work and shows examples from his collection.

Approx. running time 1 hour


BINDER VISION 2.

RE-BACKING AN ANTIQUARIAN BOOK WITH BERNARD MIDDLETON; A BINDERS'
EXHIBITION WITH JAN ASCOLI; A VISIT TO COCKERELL MARBLED PAPERS.

No-one knows more about the restoration of leather bindings than BERNARD
MIDDLETON, and in this programme we see him at work in his own bindery in
South London as he demonstrates and talks about the essential steps in
re-backing a damaged and decayed leather binding.

Recorded in highest quality, finest detail and glorious colour, this
breathtaking "how to" sequence id a must for the binder, collector,
conservator, restorer or book historian.

JAN ASCOLI is one of several young binders who jointly mount an exhibition
to promote their work. She shows some of the bindings and describes how
they have been made.

COCKERELL MARBLED PAPERS at Cambridge is the firm which makes under licence
the distinctive papers originally produced by Sydney Cockerell who died in
1987.

Two of his erstwhile apprentices, Peter Rogers and Marcus Fulcher talk
about and demonstrate the methods by which they are able to produce a range
of consistent designs, even though each individual sheet is unique because
of the hand craft process which is involved.

Approx. running time 1 hour


BINDER VISION 3.

ANGELA JAMES: SEWING ON TAPE AND CORDS; MAURICE PARKINSON: THE "MASTER
PULP" LEAF CASTING MACHINE; BERNARD MIDDLETON: AGEING NEW WORK; PLUS
CONSERVATION FOR ROMANIA.

ANGELA JAMES was taught bookbinding as Glasgow College of Art and was
employed for some years at the Cockerell Bindery at Grantchester before
joining James Brockman in setting up the now defunct Eddington Bindery.

She now works in her own bindery on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

In this programme she folds and begins to sew on tapes sections of a
private press version of Voltair's Candide which we shall see in forwarding
and finishing in later programmes.

She also demonstrates sewing on single and double cords.

MAURICE PARKINSON is the conservator at Portsmouth Record Office for which
he has designed and developed a low cost and simple to use leaf casting
machine.

Using coloured pulp for camera clarity, he demonstrated how a damaged and
tattered piece of text can easily be recast into a suitable size leaf for
inclusion in a book reconstruction.

BERNARD MIDDLETON continues his demonstration of re-backing a leather
binding by showing how he ages new work to meet the needs and expectations
of certain book dealers and collectors. Though a controversial process, it
clearly shows how a repaired book may be made uniform with its shelf
companions.

CONSERVATION FOR ROMANIA is a project of the European Art Conservation
Trust in which the latest development is for a conservation workshop in
Bucharest.

Approx. running time 1 hour


BINDER VISION 4.

EDGAR MANSFIELD AND JAMES BROCKMAN TALK TO RODNEY CROUCH; PLUS MAKING BOOKS
WITH CONCAVE SPINES.

This, the fourth edition of Binder Vision, is dedicated to the work of two
designer bookbinders and their collaboration under the patronage of
booksellers and collectors Duval and Hamilton.

Edgar Mansfield has made such a contribution to the development of
bookbinding since World War II that he was an obvious choice as the focus
of at least one edition of Binder Vision.

When interviewed in 1993 the work that James Brockman was doing to Edgar's
design was not then complete but it seemed so much a part of the Edgar
Mansfield story that it was worth waiting for a time in James's busy
schedule to record his contribution.

Edgar Mansfield describes what attracted him to bookbinding and explains
his design philosophy, influenced both by his New Zealand upbringing and
his love of European literature.

His comments, prompted by questions from Rodney Crouch are intercut with
those of James Brockman who describes the challenges and joys of creating
twenty-three bindings to Edgar's design over a span of eight years.

The programme is a fascinating insight into the thoughts of two highly
skilled craftsmen of different generations.

James Brockman has great interest in the structure of the book and in this
edition he shows the result of his development work on concave spines, in
particular he describes his first fine binding in this style. The Doves
Bindery, by Dr Marianne Tidcombe.

Approx. running time 1 hour




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England.

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