You can't find off-the-shelf books of this quality anywhere else in the world because no other bindery makes them. These books take months, not weeks or days to produce.
Properly Made Books are used by many artists and writers around the world and are held in collections all over the world including the Met Library's in New York City.
This Book - This blank book is totally handmade to the absolute highest standard. The paper inside, a text-weight brown ingres, is suitable for drawing and writing.
Structure - Properly Made Books are of a far superior quality and construction to anything available elsewhere.
The difference between our bindings and books made elsewhere is clear to see in the photos. However one of the most important differences and the thing that truly makes a Properly Made Book a special book can't be readily seen - it's the structure of the binding itself.
Due to the traditional, long way round techniques used to make these wonderful books, they open completely flat without any danger of breaking the spine; we call this "LayFlat".
Properly Made Books are a one-piece structure - the spine cannot and will not break. This is how the highest quality books have been made for hundreds of years.
Layflat structure allows Properly Made Books to fully open without fear of damage.
Covers - Full leather with yellow onlays, gold and blind tooling.
Endpapers - Tobacco brown, matched with the book block
Paper Inside - Text weight tobacco brown Hahnemuhle Ingres; a laid paper for drawing and writing in pencil and ink.