Book will be disbound. Original boards and spine to be housed in a separate enclosure matching that made for the new binding. Signatures guarded and repaired as necessary. Text block will not be trimmed, double folios of plain handmade paper sympathetic with the text block added at front and rear, all sewn on flattened cords. Book gently rounded but not backed, boards shaped at inside spine edge to match natural shoulder. Boards laced in and book covered in a variety of hues of brown leather, mostly goatskin. Tooling and titling in carbon, 23k gold, and dark brown foils. Edge-to-edge goatskin doublures. Hand-sewn, French style headbands in multiple shades of brown. Design incorporates numerous classic metaphors for spiritual growth: movement from darkness to light, from chaos to order, from rough to smooth, and from earthly to heavenly domains. Overall pattern of tooling is in the shape of a stylized dove.
Hanmer, Karen, “Hanmer,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed December 3, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/2264.