The John Hawkins Memorial Library

The Leicester Bookbinding Group hold the John Hopkins Memorial Library of books on bookbinding and allied arts, e.g. printing, paper art, etc. The library was founded with a donation of books to the group by Rosemary Hawkins in memory of her husband John Hawkins. John was one of the founder members of the group.

Since its foundation the library has been added to by donation from members and special purchases. In two thousand and nineteen the small library held by the East Midlands Region of the Society of Bookbinders was incorporated into the library. It now contains an extensive collection of books on bookbinding and related subjects.

The books in the library are avaiable for members of the the group and the members of the East Midlands Region of the Society of Bookbinders to borrow. It may also be used, by arrangement, for non-members of either the group or the society, to use as a reference source.

With over a hundred and forty items in it, the John Hawkins Memorial Library is one of the best reference resources available for bookbinders in the East Midlands.

(Last update 3 September 2019)


Abbott: Bookbinding - A step-by-step guide, Crowood Press 2010.
Barnard (Ed.): Printing, Binding and Paper Terms, Blueprint, 1988.
Baynes-Cope: Caring for Books and Documents, The British Library, 2nd edn. 1989.
Brewer: An Approach To Print, 1971.
Brown: The Lichfield Gospels, Pitkin, 1982.
Burdett: The Craft of Bookbinding, David & Charles, 1975.
Chambers: The Practical Guide to Marbling Paper, Thames and Hudson, 1986.
Clair: A Chronology of Printing, Cassell, 1969
Clements: Bookbinding, Arco, 1963.
Clough: Bookbinding for Librarians, Association of Assistant Librarians, 1957.
Cockerell: Bookbinding and the Care of Books, Pitman, 5th edn. 1953, revised reprint 1962 (hardback).
Cockerell: Bookbinding and the Care of Books, Pitman, paperback edn. 1978.
Cockerell: The Repairing of Books, 2nd edn. 1960.
Collins: Book Crafts for Juniors, Dryad Press, 8th edn. 1965.
Corderoy: Bookbinding for Beginners, Studio Vista, 1967.
Craig: Irish Bookbindings, Eason & Son, Dublin, 1976.
Darley: Bookbinding Then and Now, Faber & Faber, 1959.
Darley: Introduction to Bookbinding, Faber & Faber, 1965.
Drake: William Morris: An Illustrated Life, Pitkin Pictorial, 1996.
Dunn & Wilson Ltd.: The art and craft of bookbinding, 1970?
Eames: Medieval Craftsmen - English Tilers, British Museum Press, 1992.
Evans: The Endless Web (John Dickinson & Co. 1804-1954), Jonathan Cape, 1955.
Fahey: Finishing in Hand Bookbinding, 1951. Facsimile reprint by Alan Isaac Rare Books with Maureen Duke, 2014.
Firmage: The Alphabet Abecedarium, Godine, 1993.
Fitch: I am the Printing Press, Farthing Press, 1984.
Ford: Domesday Preserved, Public Record Office, HMSO, 1986.
Grange Fibre Company: Bob the Binders’s Progress, 1955.
Green: Papermaking By Hand, 1967.
Greenfield: ABC of Bookbinding, Oak Knoll Press/The Plough Press, 2002
Greenfield & Hille: Headbands – How to work them, Oak Knoll Press, 2nd edn. 1990.
Greenstead and Wilson (Eds.): Originality and Initiative: The Arts and Crafts archives at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in association with Lund Humphries, , 2003.
Harthan: Bookbindings, Victoria & Albert Museum/HMSO, 3rd edn. 1985.
Hasluck: Bookbinding, Cassell, 1902. (Facsimile, SOBMR competition binding, 2016?)
Headley: The Encyclopaedia of Fonts, Cassell, 2005.
Hewitt-Bates: Bookbinding for Schools, Dryad Handicrafts, 1927.
Hewitt-Bates: Bookbinding, The Dryad Press, 1962.
Hickethier: Colour Matching and Mixing, Batsford, 1970.
Ingram and Booth (Eds.): Paper Matters Fact File – Samples and Facts on Paper and Board, Paper Publications Ltd, 1991.
Jennett: Pioneers In Printing, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1958.
Jennett: The Making of Books, Faber & Faber, 5th edn. 1973.
Johnson: The Practical Guide to Book Repair and Conservation, Thames and Hudson, 1988.
Johnson, A.: A Practical Guide to Craft Bookbinding, Thames and Hudson, 1985.
Johnson: The Repair of Cloth Bindings, Oak Knoll Press/The British Library, 2002.
Johnson, A: The Thames and Hudson Manual of Bookbinding, Thames and Hudson, 1978.
Johnson, P.: Creative Bookbinding, University of Washington Press, 1973 (p/b) edn.
Kafka: How to Clothbind a Paperback Book, Dover Publications, 1980.
Kay: Advanced Bookbinding, Cassell, 1947 edn.
Kurth: Print a Book, Puffin, 1975.
Lancaster: Basic Penmanship, Dryad, 1987.
Langwell: The Conservation of Books and Documents, Pitman, 1957.
Lewis: Fine Bookbinding in the Twentieth Century, David & Charles, 1984.
Lhotka: ABC of Leather Bookbinding, Oak Knoll Press, 2000.
Maggs Bros: Bookbinding in Great Britain [illustrated catalogue], 1975.
Mansfield: Modern Design in Bookbinding, Boston Book and Art Shop, 1966.
Marks: The British Library Guide to Bookbinding – History and Techniques, The British Library, 1998.
Mason: A Practical Course in Bookcrafts and Bookbinding, C H Gee/B T Batsford, 1935
Mason & Halestrap: Crafts in Linson, R & W Watson, 1951.
Middleton: The Restoration of Leather Bindings, Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 3rd edn., 1998
Middleton: A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique, Holland, 3rd. edn. 1988.
Middleton: Highlights from the Bernard C. Middleton Collection of Books on Bookbinding, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2000.
Middleton: Recollections: A Life in Bookbinding, Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 2000.
Mitchell: An Introduction to Gold Finishing, The Standing Press, 1995.
Mitchell: A Craftsman’s Guide to gold Finishing, The Standing Press, 1995.
Morf & Leszner: Buchbinden und Papparbeiten, Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg, 1982
Muir: Book Collecting, Cassell, 1949.
Myer and Harris (Eds): Medicine, Mortality and the Book Trade, Oak Knoll Press/St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1998.
Pearson: English Bookbinding Styles 1450-1800, The British Library, 2005.
Percival & Graham: Unsewn Binding, Dryad Press, 2nd edn 1964.
Plenderleith: The Preservation of Leather Bookbindings, The Trustees of the British Museum 1946 (1967 reprint).
Power: A Printer’s Devil, Laurels Publishing, 2002.
Reimer-Epp & Reimer: The Encyclopedia of Papermaking & Bookbinding, Running Press, 2002.
Richmond: Bookbinding – A Manual of Techniques, Crowood Press, 1989.
Robert and Ward: A Code for the Collector of Beautiful Books, English translation, 1936?, SOBMR limited edition facsimile competition book, copy 14 of 100, 2013?.
Robinson: Introducing Bookbinding, Batsford, 1968.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Hand bookbinding today, an International Art, 1978.
Scholderer: Johann Gutenberg, The Inventor of Printing, Trustees of the British Museum, 1963.
Sharphouse: Leather Technician’s Handbook, Leather Producer’s Association, Revd. Edn. 1983
Shep: Cleaning, Repairing and Caring for Books, Richard Joseph, 4th edn. 1991.
Smith: The Book: Art & Object, 1982.
State Library and Academy of Sciences of the USSR: Restoration and Preservation of Library Resources, Documents and Books, Nos. 2 & 3, Israel Program for Scientific Translations, 1964.
Steer: Printing Design and Layout, Virtue, 3rd edn. 1955?
Stewart: Signwork, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 2nd edn. 1993.
Thomas: Great Books and Book Collectors, Excalibur Books, New Tork, 1983.
Thomas: Fine Books, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1967.
Todd: Printing Inks, Pira International, 1994.
Town: Bookbinding By Hand, Faber & Faber, 1963 edn.
Turbayne: Monograms & Ciphers, Wordsworth, 1990 edn.
Vaughan: Modern Bookbinding, 3rd edn. 1960.
Watson: Hand Bookbinding – A Manual of Instruction, Macmillan/Collier Macmillan, 1986.
Wilson: The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy Techniques, Headline, 1990.
Winterich & Randall: A Primer of Book Collecting, Bell Publishing, 1966.
W J Barrow Research Laboratory: Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA) Adhesives for use in Library Bookbinding, 1965.
Zaehnsdorf: The Art of Bookbinding, 1890, Republished by Gregg International Publishers, 1967.


Bennett, S.: Celebrations [Designs]
Bennett, S.: Christmas [Designs]
Bennett, S.: Fairies [Designs]
Davis, C.: Celtic and Old Norse Designs
Davis, C.: Celtic Designs
Dover Publications: Celtic and Norse Designs (Book and CD ROM)
Dover Publications: Dragons and Wizards [Designs] (Book and CD ROM)
Dover Publications: Fantasy [Designs] (Book and CD ROM)
Dover Publications: Japanese Designs (Book and CD ROM)
Dover Publications: Viking Designs (Book and CD ROM)
Down, C.: Celtic [Designs]
Down, C.: Fantasy [Designs]
Mackinder, J.: Celtic Design and Ornament for Calligraphers
Smith, A. G.: Viking Designs
Suckling, J.: Making Cards in a Weekend


Bob Akers: Cleaning and restoration of maps. 1995?
Bob Akers: History of Watermarks. The Map Collector, 2009.
Anon: Album Structures.
Anon: Chemicals [for bookbinding and book conservation applications]. 1990?
Anon: Hand Finishing. 2000?
Arts Council: Modern French Bookbindings. 1961.
W J Barrow: Migration of Impurities in Paper. 1953.
W J Barrow: The Barrow Method of Restoring Deteriorated Documents. 1965
Book Production Supplement: A snip at £3,000 . . . Fine binding is flourishing in Bermondsey at Zaehnsdorf’s, 7 October 1981.
Stuart Brockman: Gold Finishing. Talk/demonstration notes, SOB Conference, 2013
Stuart Brockman: Leather re-backing. Talk/demonstration, SOBMR, Nottingham, April 2008.
Stuart Brockman, Dominic Riley: How I do it – Leather spined drop-back boxes.
BTEC Professional Diploma in Bookbinding (Leicester College): Assignment notes, etc.
Terry Buckley: Leather staining, dyeing and decorating. Talk notes, Guild of Bookworkers, Pasadena, 1996.
Eric Burdett: Thomas Harrison 1876-1955: An Appreciation, Print In Britain, April 1955.
Duncan Campbell: Old Music (Repair of music manuscripts)
Curwen Press: The Revival of Art in Craft [William Morris; Printing; Bookbinding; Book Illustration and Book Decoration]. First published 1893, this edition 1968.
Paul Delrue: A Brief History of Endbands. Talk notes, SOB Conference, Nottingham, 1989.
Maureen Duke: Endpapers. Society of Bookbinders, 2017.
Endpapers and Marbling: Various pamphlets, samples, etc., in folder.
Don Etherington: Stiff Board Vellum Binding. Talk notes, SOB Conference, Leeds, 2013.
Don Etherington: Split joints on leather bindings. Undated.
Etherington and Roberts: Bookbinding. From Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. 2003.
Alan Fitch & Alan Wood: Cutting Corners. Workshop, 2013.
Folding & Stitching. (Copied from book, author unknown.)
Hewitt-Bates & Halliday: Three Methods of Marbling, Dryad Leaflet no. 74, c. 1955?
Japanese Papers: ‘Draft notes on Nancy Jacobi’, 1997.
Peter Jones: An incomplete guide to onlay, inlay and scarf jointing. Workshop, 2008.
Trevor Lloyd: Some notes on gold tooling. March 2004.
John Mason: Gold and Colour Tooling, Dryad Leaflet no. 105, c. 1955?
Gene Mahon: Making a Limp Vellum Bound Blank Book. 2004.
Gene Mahon: Sew and Sew . . . and so on – a look at sewing the book, 2007.
Jackie Mottram: Headbands. (With samples.)
Paper Repairs (Examples)
G S Percival: Repairing Books. Dryad Leaflet no. 150, 1955?
Poltgeiter: Magazine Binding. Hewit’s Newsletter, Spring 2006
Prince: Japanese Papermaking Techniques. Designer Bookbinders Publications, Pamphlet No. 2, 2008.
Meg Richardson: Maze Books. Talk/demonstration, SOBMR, May 2012.
Dominic Riley: Japanese tissue repair to leather bindings. Workshop 2006.
Dominic Riley: Tree Calf and other techniques. Workshop 2003.
Dominic Riley: Tree Calf – An 18th century technique for calfskin bindings. Workshop 2008.
Dominic Riley: The Cambridge Panel – An 18th century technique for calfskin bindings. Workshop 2008.
Jan Sobota: Box and Sculptural Bindings. Undated.
Society of Bookbinders: A Method of Making an Overcast Cloth-Jointed Endpaper. Education and Training Booklet No. 1, 1996.
Society of Bookbinders: The Construction of a Drop-Back Box. Education and Training Booklet No. 2, 1996. (Nick Cowlishaw)
John Sweetman: Making Paper By Hand. Reprint of article from Appropriate Technology Feb. 1977.
Trustees of the British Museum: Royal English Bookbindings. 1957.
Peter Verheyen: German Case (Bradel) Binding. Originally published 2002, re-written with new illustrations 2006.
Victoria & Albert Museum: A Picture Book of Bookbindings, Parts I and II. 1933.
Laura West: Part-leather library style binding. Workshop, 2013.


Bookbinder: Vols. 1-31, 1987 -2017
Bookbinder: Index to Volumes 1-13
New Bookbinder (Journal of Designer Bookbinders): Vols. 1-22, 1981-2002
New Bookbinder, Index to Volumes 1-21 (1981-2001)
Society of Bookbinders Newsletter: May 1984, October 1990, June 1991-December 1993, April 1994, (April/August/December) December 2002, December 2003 –August 2016.
Midlands Region Newsletter: No. 1 April 1986 – No. 12 Spring 1989
Signature ((East) Midlands Newsletter) (April/August/December): December 2001 –August 2019.