James Wiley

Dallas, Texas
Born in Slaton, Texas, James Wiley received the Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 1950. He began his studies in bookbinding in 1973, studying with Marianna Roach and Dorothy Westapher and attending many workshops. He has taught at the Craft Guild of Dallas and works with Jan Sobota as a volunteer in the Conservation Laboratory of Bridwell Library. 

Example Binding: 
William B. Ruggles. 
Trails of Texas
San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1972.

Full leather binding of brown box calfskin with multi-colored feathered and dark green onlays. Gold-stamped title on front cover. Top edge gilt and gauffered.

Design Description: 
Full leather binding of dark gray goatskin with red onlays and blind tooling on the front cover. Chalice, host, and cross design on front cover; impression of cross recessed on back. Gold-tooled title on spine.


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James Wiley