Commissions come in a variety of guises. Maybe you’d like a unique present for that special someone. If so, we can source a first edition of their favourite novel and rebind it in leather. Maybe you’ve finally written your autobiography or that novel you always had in you and you’d like to see it in print. Maybe your granny’s recipe book has finally fallen apart and you’d like to make multiple copies to hand out to friends and family whilst getting the original repaired.

You provide the material and we take care of the whole process, from typesetting and layout, through printing, binding and box-making. We specialise in very limited editions and work closely with some of the country’s finest letterpress and digital printers, all to museum quality archival standards. Materials are carefully chosen in close consultation with the client whether it’s the finest hand dyed calf and goatskins to custom made hand marbled papers.

After the initial enquiry, Kate will draw up some basic design ideas. A deposit of 25% is required on approval of these initial designs, with a further 25% once all layout and full designs are okayed and 50% on delivery. It is advisable to allow a minimum of 3 months for a bespoke piece but do say if you have a specific date in mind as sometimes it is possible to squeeze smaller jobs in earlier.

Please email katehollandbookbinder@gmail.com or telephone 07960 754826 to discuss.

This is Your Life - presentation book to celebrate a 60th birthday. A one-off book created to showcase a collection of photographs, memories, awards, any area this prolific subject had touched. Each chapter heading had a hand drawn motif. The material was collated and typeset before being printed on Heritage Bookwhite 160gsm and bound in full fair calfskin, painstakingly hand dyed British Racing Green through to Marine Blue. A backpared orange goatskin onlay depicts the recipient’s E-type and yacht and reflects his company’s livery. With hand marbled endpapers to match the colour scheme, orange leather headbands and a custom made clamshell box, this was a very special gift.

Richard Power - The Hungry Grass. Published by Apollo 2016. Unique copy. A quiet, engaging novel about a priest in 1950s rural Ireland. In Irish mythology the Hungry Grass is where a famine victim has fallen dead and the crops cannot grow. A pivotal moment describes a hare running through a barley field with just such a gap. The book was a commission for the author's wife. It arrived as a pdf which was digitally printed on 125gsm Canson Antique White. It was then bound in full green goatskin with brown goatskin onlay and 24c gold tooling and housed in a leather entry slipcase with hand tooled leather label. 

 

Edward Lear - Landscapes in Italy. 1843-45. Unique copy. The owner of this collection of Edward Lear watercolours wanted an album of facsimile reproductions of the originals. The images were printed to museum quality level on archival paper and tipped into the hand sewn album. The title, introduction and list of plates were letterpress printed using Caslon typeface on 200gsm Heritage Bookwhite. The album was bound in fair calfskin digitally printed using one of the images and the title hand tooled in 24c gold. The album was housed in a custom made drop back box. It was finalist in the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016.

 

Northfield Editions - Gstaad. Nice. Stype. Photographs by Allan Pollok Morris of three properties on the occasion of the owner's 70th birthday. Ltd edn 5. Large format, single sheet archival digital prints were joined using Japanese tissue to create sewable sections. Each book was then rounded and backed with a quarter leather binding and gold tooled titles. They were housed in a triple layered drop back slipcase with a hand dyed blue leather panel with inlays and gold tooling. It was a finalist in the Digitally Printed category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016. 

 

Nine Dragons. Ltd edn of 5. 10 gilded boards screen printed with images of dragons with acrylic overwashes and applied gold to rear. This is an accordion binding in a wraparound case of gilded board with pierced black goatskin overlay. Housed in a custom made clamshell box with gilded and screen printed labels in Chinese and English. Screen printing by I Dress Myself, eco screen printers of Frome. The images of dragons are based on a 13th century scroll by the Taoist Chinese painter Chen Rong, now housed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The cover depicts silhouetted paddy fields seen through a Chinese lattice window. The structure is reminiscent of painted screens with gilded lacquer work. This copy was awarded a Highly Commended Silver prize in the Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2017. The theme was Myths, Heroes and Legends and I chose to depict the ancient Chinese myth of the nine dragons who are the sons of the all powerful Dragon King. They are manifestations of the Dao, the central truth of Taoist philosophy, the creative forces of Nature that appear for a moment then vanish in mystery. Please enquire about availability. 

Joseph Rose. Working Drawings. Facsimile of a sketchbook at Harewood House. With an introduction by Ashleigh Murray. Frome: Kate Holland. 2019. Limited edition of 50, of which 48 ‘ordinary’ and 2 ‘extraordinary’. Extraordinary edition bound in full alum tawed calfskin with hand dyed calfskin inlays and blind and gold tooling, a plasterwork rosette by Hayles and Howe, gilded by Glenny Thomas, is inset into the front board, hand coloured edges, hand sewn silk endbands, printed endpapers from an original watercolour. Ordinary edition bound in full green cloth with gilt title. This book came about following an invitation to exhibit as one of the 26 makers selected to feature in the inaugural celebration of contemporary craft at Harewood House, Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters. A preliminary visit to the house culminated in a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives. In one drawer was a small, nondescript, slightly battered book which revealed a series of working drawings by both Joseph Rose Senior and Joseph Rose Junior. The Roses were the pre-eminent master plasterers of their day and worked closely with Robert Adam on the ceilings at Harewood as well as on many other big houses, several of which feature in this book. It gives a fascinating glimpse into the minds of two incredible craftsmen working on highly significant commissions with some of the foremost architects and interior designers of their time. It is the perfect record of the link between commissioner, designer and craftsman. So often craftsmen fade into the background and I wanted to celebrate them especially for this celebration of craft.