Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Book of the Spirits

JRR Bookworks crafted this luxurious tome. The hand tooled leather binding is a perfect complement to the contents, the classic occult text "A True and Faithful Relation of What Passed For Many Years Between Some Spirits and Dr. John Dee".



5 comments:

Phil said...

Ah now this is my idea of a proper mystic tome. None of this 'bound in humans skin complete with eyes and teeth stuff'.

No offense to those who like that style, but to me its been a bit overdone.

Propnomicon said...

@ Phil

I think we're on the same wavelength aesthetically. It worked for "The Evil Dead" because the film was intentionally over the top. Outside of that, unless someone with *great* sculpting skills is doing it the effect tends to look goofy.

CoastConFan said...

That’s one great piece of retro binding. It’s a good compromise between traditionalism and a modern restoration. I just wish you had shown us those marbleized end sheets you tantalized and teased us. I would also like to thank you for the in-depth walk-through of your binding techniques and the important details of making decisions of durability vs authentic restoration in your JRR Bookworks aticle. Your work is “true and faithful” to steal a book title as a description.

For those of you who crave an electronic copy of the Dr. Dee biography cited in JRR Bookworks article, you can download a free copy from the Internet Archive in a variety of formats from PDF, Kindle, EBUB & etc: http://www.archive.org/details/truefaithfulrela00deej

Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

I agree completely. LOVE this tome! I wish I knew how to make stuff like this!

JRR Bookworks said...

Thank you all for the kind words. I have a stack of occult books from my library that will all get similar new bindings. I will certainly be adding on my brass fittings on future tomes. I do like fan creations and prop books- in fact I hope to creep a tiny way in that direction in the future. Still, I strive to make correct bindings from a technical, craftsman, archival, and artistic perspective. The last is subjective but I still strive. i will have to look for pictures of the marbled end sheets. If i find them I will put them on my site. I hope I will be so honored to have future binding splayed for the eyes of your eldritch community.