6. : When a leather bound edition of a desired book simply doesn’t exist, we will create it. Custom bindings do take some time as it’s a true craft, and they can be expensive, but the result is usually one-of-a-kind. We have created leather bound editions of classics such as The Catcher in the Rye, bound designer portfolio books, histories of The Beatles, a series of economics classics and various other books. Some projects involve rebinding books that have sentimental value or are rare and would benefit from a beautiful binding for resale. Feel free to contact us about your project, anything is possible with custom leather bindings.
5. : makes nice luxurious leather books that are well designed and tend to be literary classics and other important books (although some we must admit are trendy bestsellers and not destined to be classics). We love their sets of William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. Some other companies make modern leather books including Franklin Library, Gryphon Editions, and others. When we build collections of modern leather books, we do so for clients who like the bright colors, the contemporary style, and who want books in leather that are simply not available in leather any other way (at least not in a timely and economical manner). A collection of these books by the foot yields all English language books and mostly classics, so that can be a good way to go. Or we can build a custom curated collection by author, subject, etc. We also help clients source many of these books as special gifts as a leather bound edition of a favorite work is always more appreciated than a standard hardcover.
Charles Burns of Bakersfield, purchased this leather bound edition of Life and Adventures of Kit Carson at the estate sale of a Wild West book collector. Leafing through the book Charles was amazed to find the names of Kit Carson’s family written in a page near the center. Tukufu Zuberi takes on the challenge to find out whether this book once belonged to the Kit Carson family.
The Franklin Library produced books in three different binding styles: full genuine leather, imitation leather, and quarter bound genuine leather. While the first or full leather bound editions were produced through out the Franklin Library's full life span the other two styles (imitation and quarter bound) were only produced through the 1970's and 80's. Below are some of the characteristics found in all Franklin Library editions along with more detailed information about the different binding styles.