Karen Hanmer

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Title: 18th Century Trade Binding Cutaway

18th Century Trade Binding Cutaway

18th Century Trade Binding Cutaway

Eighteenth Century Trade Binding Cutaway Model | $650
This model is also available as a set of two, one cutaway, one fully-covered | $1400

This model represents binding in the letterpress era before mechanization or time-saving abbreviations. The text block is sewn onto supports, the spine shaped, and the boards laced on. The book is covered in leather that has been pared to remain flexible while still protecting the text.

Sewn on raised supports, laced into boards of laminated paper, spine lined with printed waste. Endsheets by MarbleSmith Paper, hand-sewn silk endbands, edges sprinkled with acrylic. Covered in calf, blind tooling around bands and boards.

7.75 x 5 x 1”

This model is accompanied by an illustrated booklet with bibliography outlining the evolution of key structural features.

Please note: these models are made to order and may not be available for immediate delivery.
Average turn-around time is three months.


Karen Hanmer is a leader in the field of hands-on education of historical bindings. This accurate and exquisitely detailed cutaway-binding model opens up myriad teaching opportunities to educate the public, students, fellow educators to the inner workings of the historical book. A valuable addition to any rare book collection.

Madelyn Garrett
Former University of Utah rare book curator, Garrett has lectured extensively on the history of the book; established a nationally-recognized book arts program; and conceived of and implemented a statewide K-12 history-of-the-book/bookmaking program.