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Michael O'Brien

TRADITIONAL BOOKBINDER

HISTORIC PRECINCT,  OAMARU,  NEW ZEALAND

KRAFT PAPER BINDINGS

Sister Marie Grunke sewing books at her bench.

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CELTIC BOOKS

MORRIS BOOKS

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CELTIC  RECYLCED PAPER BOOKS

 

Available in three sizes, printed in black, sewn on black tapes or red oxide, sewn on unbleached tapes.

 

"..This Hand Bound Book is made from Recycled New Zealand Paper. It is hand sewn with unbleached thread, on strong tapes forming ties at the foredge.  This style is a variation of the Sixth Century Monastic Tradition of Saint Benedict and carried on in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the Nineteenth Century by William Morris."

 

Magic Wallet       235 x 160    A5                                  $30.00   CMW

 

Small book          170 x 120    A6    (124 pages)         $36.00   CS

 

Medium book     235 x 170   A5     (124 pages)         $45.00    CM

 

Large book          330 x 235   A4    (124 pages)          $54.00   CL

 

Thick book         170 x 120    A6    (332 pages)          $90.00    CTB

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"...This Hand Bound Book is made from Recycled Kraft Paper. Sheets are folded into sections and sewn on Irish Linen thread around strong leather thongs. This is reminiscent of very early bindings originating in the Benedictine cloisters and revived in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the Nineteenth Century by William Morris.

His Art and Philosophy live on and to celebrate Morris' aspirations I have chosen an original wallpaper designed by him, printed by Sanderson & Co., London."                                                                                

 

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Acid-free paper version available

THE GREEN BOOK

VICTORIAN HERITAGE BOOKS

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THE 'GREEN' BOOK

(available in most colours)

 

"..This Hand Bound Book is made from Recycled Kraft Paper or Acid Free Paper. Sheets are folded into sections and sewn with Irish Linen thread. This style of binding has become popular with publishers since the 1830's when book cloth was first invented. Then, as now, no synthetic materials were used.

 

This book was made by Hand in my Bindery in Oamaru's Historic Precinct with an awareness of sound ecological values in contrast to the market forces of the consumer age."

 

100% Recycled Paper

 

Small only  170 x 120    A6    (128 pages)       $59.00    GBK 

 

Acid Free Paper option

 

Small only      170 x x120  A6    (128 pages)       $69.00   GBA

 

Front cover impressed wood-block options:

 

Sixth Century BC Ukrainian patterns, vertical or horizontal; impressed woodcut by Victoria McIntosh

 

O'Brien Celtic-knot pattern by the binder.

"..This Hand Bound Book is made from Recycled Kraft Paper. Sheets are folded into sections and sewn with Irish linen thread around strong leather thongs. The boards are covered in Kraft Paper depicting simpler technologies of an earlier age.

 

This book was constructed in my bindery in Oamaru's Historic Precinct in empathy with the Victorian Arts and Crafts Movement."

 

Recycled paper; exposed sewing

 

Small           170 x 105            A6   (124 pages)         $30.00   VHS                                                                                                                

 

Medium       235 x 160            A5   (124 pages)         $50.00   VHM

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All my books include  a 'blurb' describing materials, construction and philosophy (as above).

Mini         112 x 80      A7 (124 pages)         $32.00    MRMi

 

Small        170 x 120    A6 (124 pages)         $54.00    MRS

 

Medium    235 x 170    A5 (124 pages)         $68.00    MRM

 

Large       330 x 235    A4 (124 pages)          $82.00    MRL  

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