How we make them
1: We start with a thick 67 lb cover page for most of our books. This paper is matte with a slight texture to it.
2: We pre-crease the paper, 1 cm in along the binding edge. The make our books flexible while still using a thicker paper.
3 : After the book is printed and trimmed to the correct size, the pages are hand sewn using the over sewn method
4:The book block is glued and layered with mull cloth. This makes a very strong and stiff blinding.
5 :We cut our leather covers from full cow hides, hand selected for color and texture.
6 :This is the leather after the cutting and before any tooling is done.
7 : The leather is cleaned up around the edges, marked with chalk to the correct size and hammered into shape.
8 :The Tooling is marked with chalk and placed.
9 :After the tooling of the leather is done.
10 :The book and the leather cover are combined, the leather cover is cut and the leather straps are pulled through.
11 :The long leather strap is trimmed under and folded over with a final stitch and leather glue.
Hardcover books are made with a 2-3 oz cow or lamb skin hide.
A.P. Manuscripts is dedicated to preserving the worlds rarest books, manuscripts, and scrolls for future generations. We make reproductions for educators.