I made this book back in 91 as part of my education as a
bookbinder. It has leather spine and corners, and all material is
archival quality. It should hold out well for several hundred
This method of binding is called ledger binding or
accountant binding. This differ considerably from
literature binding, library binding and publishing binding.
Bookbinding apprenticeships used to be two different directions.
You either became a literature binder or a ledger binder. I am a
literature binder, but making three ledgers was part of the basics.
But making them is far from basic...
These are books that will be written in, so the mechanism of the
spine is constructed in such a way that you can write all the way
into the margin. It will lie flat when opened, and this is not only
due to the sheer weight: the binding is constructed from the bottom
to make this work.
As opposed to traditional literature binding, the block is sewed
extremely hard around tightly woven linen bands. I can still
remember how much my fingers hurt.
The marble on the edges are also done with traditional methods.
Carrageen moss is boiled, drawn, sieved several times; its
temperature and viscosity closely monitored over a few days. The
colours are dripped onto the surface, and to control the flow ox
gall is used. Yes, it stinks.
So why is this Sofies bok?
Sofie is my niece, and I am her god mother. So i started this
when she was a baby. Due to a lot of circumstances, I have not
"finished" it, but she turned 16 today, and now it it her turn to
add stories, poems, quotes, thoughts as she sees fit. I hope I can
add images here of what she contributes.