Dos-à-Dos Bindings


A dos-a-dos binding is two books bound in reverse and separately yet still in one structure.

This unusual format dates back to at least the 16th century though they were most common in the first half of the 17th century where for example a prayer book may have been bound with a hymn book for convenience. 

These beautiful journals have been bound for us to an incredibly high standard by J&J Jeffery of Edinburgh who are, in our opinion, two of the most important people in British craft today.

Other than being unusual outside of the 17th century, these beautiful bindings also feature:

  • Dutch Gilt Brocade paper covers - printed by the Jefferys entirely by hand on 300+ year old antique handmade paper using metallic golden leaf. Dutch Gilt is a type of paper totally unique to us and was last made in the 18th century to cover children's books.
  • Gold tooled vellum spines and corners. The vellum has been salvaged from ancient legal documents which is still legible.  
  • Sprinkled decorative foredges
  • A bespoke box, again covered in decorative Jeffery papers on 300+ year old antique paper. 
  • 140 pages (280 sides) of smooth cartridge paper suitable for ink and pencil, bound in two sections, dos-a-dos! 

Size - 95 x 150 mm, 3 3/4 x 6 inches

Supplied in its own bespoke box which has been covered in hand printed paper.

There are only 6 binding available in total, each one with its own design cover and bespoke box.