Victorian Bookbinders Guild

For all interested in the Art, Craft and Practice of Bookbinding                                             


Presenter Jim Finger

In this workshop we will explore the production methods of the oldest surviving complete codex books from the Nag Hammadi area of Egypt. These books show the migration of the scroll to the codex, and so have a significant place in the history of the book.

After the heat and humidity of China, we headed into Scotland. fter all we were already half way there. These is so much to see, so many uniques libraries, art collections, and amazing little churches hidden away with  amazing atworks. I would have liked to visit John Rylands Library now part of University of Manchester, but it didn’t fit into the schedule. However we did get to the Innerpeffray Library .

October Meeting 2017-10-26

Friends,  I had the pleasure of making a presentation at the meeting on Tuesday. I certainly had a good time as I like telling the stories of what I have been able to do, and I hope the people attending enjoyed it too.


I applied to The National Library of China to visit the conservation department of the library.


The main reason for our travelin 2017  was involvement in an immersion English program in China. A team of 25 or so volunteers from 4 different countries spend a week of training and 3 weeks of intensive English speaking. 

A design for a childrens book. This new style of black and white is intended for very young children, where they cannot see colours but shapes.

 English in Egypt  with the life of General Gordon,   published 1885?  Cloth boards with nice gold blocking. All edges Gilt. Badly damaged covers. To be repaired for my personal reading.

The Family Bible makes a lot of the work of many of todays binderies. Repairs to these pieces  of family history is important. But did you ever look to see where thay all come from?  

I was all set to depart for China in late June when an email arrived

Daphne Dobbins Bindery was for sale in mid NSW and that a clearing sale was to happen while I was away.

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Meetings & Events

Tue Apr 24 @17:00 - 07:00PM
April 2018 Meeting
Thu May 03 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Open Bindery for Members 3rd May 2018
Sat May 05 @10:00 - 03:00PM
Clunes Booktown VBG Display
Sun May 06 @10:00 - 03:00PM
Clunes Booktown VBG Display
Thu May 10 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Open Bindery for Members 10th May 2018
Thu May 17 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Open Bindery for Members 17 th May 2018
Tue May 22 @19:00 - 09:00PM
May Meeting 2018
Thu May 24 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Open Bindery for Members 24rd May 2018
Thu May 31 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Open Bindery for Members 31st May 2018
Sat Jun 02 @09:00 - 05:00PM
Workshop Case Binding 2nd June 2018
Tue Jun 26 @19:00 - 09:00PM
June Meeting 2018
Tue Jul 24 @19:00 - 09:00PM
July Meeting 2018
Tue Aug 28 @19:00 - 09:00PM
August Meeting 2018
Tue Sep 25 @19:00 - 09:00PM
September Meeting 2018
Tue Oct 23 @19:00 - 09:00PM
October Meeting 2018

Victorian Bookbinders Guild Inc.  Incorporated 1981     Registration No A2896  ABN: 97 853 169 281     PO Box 355, Seddon West, Victoria 3011