The Queen’s Binding

The Queen’s Binding

The Golden Age of English Bookbinding

Nobility and grace are restored in this filigreed journal design, originally created in 1675 to hold Richard Allestree’s The Government of the Tongue. Crafted by the Queens’ Binder “A,” one of the most prolific binders of the Restoration period, the balance of open space and intricate elements makes it a shining jewel of the period.

The Queens’ Binder was a name given to a small group of English craftsmen during the “Golden Age of English Bookbinding.” Modern research indicates that the name actually encompasses four distinct shops, and even individual binders such as “A” could refer to multiple artisans. While the name of the binder called “A” is not known, there is no doubt
as to the regency of this gilt binding, which is now a part of the Henry Davis Gift at the British Library. We are honoured to help restore the design, representing the pinnacle of English craftsmanship, to its original glory.

For fans of: English history, the Restoration Period, Richard Allestree, Poetry in Bloom, Fall Filigree, Equinoxe, Aurelia