Tom Jones

Tom Jones - cover spread

by Henry Fielding
Richards and Company, 1824

Bound by Eric Alstrom
2009

Dimensions: 6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ x 1 1/8″

Tom Jones - endsheets

Description: Alum-tawed conservation binding done in 16th century style. Sewn on four alum-tawed split thongs with concertina guard. Hand sewn primary headband. Blind tooling on front and back cover. Blue and cream Hahnemule Zerkel flexi endsheets. Text is volume 7 of the 1824 edition of “The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq.”

Artist’s Statement: I bound this book as one of the five books I worked on during a series of American Academy of Bookbinding workshops on historical bindings. While the 16th century style binding doesn’t quite belong on a book published in the early 19th century, it somehow is fitting that a book such as Tom Jones is sewn on split thongs and bound in full alum-tawed leather with blind tooling. The title “TOM JONES” doesn’t seem so unusual on a book like this.

Tom Jones - sewn on alum-tawed split thongs

Tom Jones - showing gentle rounding and backing

Tom Jones - sewing the headband

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