Victorian Bookbinders Guild

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

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?  

It is 500 years since the famous exploits of Martin Luther when he nailed his 95 complaints to the door of the Cathedral, and started a real stir which spred across the world, and  which resulted in him being excecuted. But primary in Martin Luthers concerns, was the idea that people should be able to read the Bible for themselves.  Fast forward a little, and King James agrees. So he commissions the King James Bible. The  King James Bible was appointed to be read in Churchs for the common people, not just the priests, and King James commissioned a panel of 54 of the formost experts to make the translation from the original languages into English.  This was done as a direct result of the Reformation started by Martin Luther on October 31  1517, just 500 years ago. Interestingly,  the King James Bible is attributed with effectively stabilized the English language. English became effectively King James English, even though he was a Scotsman.

Many Bibles were produced in parts and send to the subscribers in regular consignements. This was done to make it affordable for all. When the last piece was received the subscriber could order a premade cover and take it to their binder with all the parts , or have their own custom binding made. A lot of the bindings were  shall we say agricultural.  So the regular enquiry to binders to repair them.

The  Church of the Holy  Rood is in Sterling, just near Stirling Castle at  the gateway between England and Scotland. Stirling was capital of Scotland,  where he was crowned King in 1603, and where he later commissioned the bible translation.   The Church of the Holy Rood , having the link with Luther  being a protestant church, and the link with King James  had a delightful display of materials about the Bible and is having guest speakers over the next few weeks to  speak on the history of these matters. The display is very atractive and while we were there,  the chairs placed to allow passersby to sit while reading the histories were constantly full.  The Church also has its own history and is worth a visit, but the transitory exhibition was also excellent.  Back to October meeting

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Meetings & Events

Tue May 28 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting May Making Gold Book Titles
Tue Jun 25 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting June Topic to be confirmed.
Sat Jun 29 @09:00 - 05:00PM
Workshop Conservation Boxes
Fri Jul 05 @09:00 - 09:00PM
Rare Book Week and Book Fair 04-15th
Tue Jul 23 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting July Buy Swap and sell, AGM
Sat Jul 27 @09:00 - 05:00PM
Workshop Thesis Binding
Sat Aug 10 @09:00 - 05:00PM
Workshop Nag Hammadi
Tue Aug 27 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting August Carmelite Library Joint Meeting
Tue Sep 24 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting Sept To Be decided
Sat Oct 12 @09:00 - 04:00PM
Workshop Britannica section
Tue Oct 22 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting October topic to be confirmed
Fri Oct 25 @12:00 -
Bind 19 Bookbinding Conference Sydney 25-27
Sat Nov 02 @09:00 - 04:00PM
Workshop to be confirmed
Tue Nov 26 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Monthly Meeting November. Binding Challenge and Breakup

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