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Bookbinder's Tarnished Image
This question of the image of the bookbinder has always intrigued me.
There are probably some clients who view me as a snot-nosed, dribbling
idiot, but I don't have that self-image and it doesn't match any bookbinder
that I have ever met. I personally prefer Annegret Hunter-Elsenbach's
theory about the relationship of one's cfrat ability with one's niceness as
We all know of the bookbinders' reputation as a drunkard, and I have read
some references to it. In the bookbinding museum in Bath (attached to
Baynton's bindery) there are some posters depicting binders as red-nosed
lushes. Here are two poems that accompany the pictures.
A great drunkard you are, tho' a bookbinder you be
There is no man by far such a Toper as thee,
Besides you're a sponger, and of starve-guts the worst
Who doom me to hunger, with you I'll ne'er be curst.
J.T. Wood, 278, Strand, London
The animal whose skin,
You have bound that book in,
Could not be by half,
Like you as great a calf,
Naught else you understand,
Than binding volumes grand,
But as lazy as that,
More often in the Tap.
London S. Marks & Sons
In the introduction to Cyril Davenport's 'Roger Payne', he quotes the note
that Payne wrote on his bill for Barry's 'Wines of the Ancients':
Falernian gave Horace, Virgil fire,
And barley-wine my British muse inspire.
Davenport adds:'It is quite possible that from this statement grew the
tradition that poor Payne was addicted to drink...' I read somewhere that
Payne's reputation was extended to all bookbinders, and that it was fueled
by the fact that binders 'at the bench' were given a ration of beer while
they worked. If anyone has any comments or information on this question, I
for one who love to hear.
Only one further comment now: If Roger Payne produced the work that he did
while 'under the influence', I would have to consider the possibility of
becoming a souse myself.
My apologies to Marcel for not getting to his question of 05.08. My wife
has to be here for me to get into this letter, and since her parents have
been here for the last two weeks, it has been difficult to get her, me and
the terminal together at the same time.
Yes, Marcel, I do hot-stamping, although not a lot of it. I have never
tried photopolymer plates, because I assumed that they would melt at those
temperatures, but I'd be willing to try one next time I'm stamping. I have
not heard of silicone plates, but I would like to. I know what stereotype
casting is, and I have seen movies of it, but it doesn't really relate to
what I do. I use the original metal type when I have it, and have gone
over to photopolymer for emergency reasons (no Hebrew type with vowel
points). I am working on a text now, and am quite excited about the
possibilites for adjusting spacing that the computer provides. The problem
will be deciding when to stop!
This is from Yehuda Miklaf, Jerusalem, using the access of his wife,
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