Category Archives: New Publications

TROUVÈRE Is Here!

TROUVÈRE, Prue Batten’s beautiful and exciting short story set in the High Middle Ages of France, is finally up on the website!

Binding

Binding

More Binding

More Binding

First Page

First Page

Title Page

Title Page

And here’s the description from the website:

Trouvère   by Prue Batten

68 pages, four illustrations
2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″

A short story by well-known historical novelist Prue Batten set in the High Middle Ages of Northern France. Trouvères were the northern equvilent of the Occitan troubadours, a school of aristocratic poets and singers who celebrated the idea of courtly love that was sweeping through Burgundy, Aquitaine, and Provence at the end of the eleventh century.

In Batten’s romantic and suspenseful tale, trouvère Flori de Mazamet is caught between the beauty embodied in his art and the common brutality beneath the courtly ideal. He attempts to aid a lady whose illicit love forces him to make a choice between  love and pity.

I’ve attempted to bind this little book is a sympathetic style, with the pages bound over cords and into wooden boards in the medieval manner. Cream leather is stretched over the spine leaving some of the cherrywood boards exposed., and the book is held closed with a band of matching leather.

‘Trouvere’ is Almost Ready!

This is the final version of Prue’s ‘Trouvere’.  I’ll bind a few and put it up on the website for sale in a few days, and tell you more about the story. Some craziness at home has slowed down work for a while, but now all is serene-o.

Spine and Label

Spine and Label

Spine and Closure

Spine and Closure

More interior pictures tomorrow or so. . . and news about the lighthouse books!

Just a Little More Astronomy

I guess I had a few orreries left in me (plus a medieval miniature):

A Gold Orrery

A Gold Orrery

A Gold Orrery

A Gold Orrery

Yes, I did drill eight holes in a toothpick.

An Antique Orrery

An Antique Orrery

An Antique Orrery

An Antique Orrery

A Shelf of Alchemical Books

A Shelf of Alchemical Books

A Shelf of Alchemical Books

A Shelf of Alchemical Books

Tomorrow, back to book making!

One Alchemy, To Go!

The new little alchemy trunk is finished and up on the website:

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Alchemy Trunk

Go look!

My Name Is Captain Spaulding. . .

Look what I made today (and yesterday, and the day before) A lovely Victorian Tropical Explorer’s Traveling Library and Desk:

A Library In  Your Hand

A Library In Your Hand

The Open Trunk

The Open Trunk

Exploded View

Exploded View

It’s up on the website now. Go look!

Holmes Books, Cleaned Up

It’s up on the website now here:

Pamphlets

Pamphlets

Books

Books

Shagreen

Shagreen

Shagreen From the Top

Shagreen From the Top

More Pamphlets

More Pamphlets

More Books

More Books

I’m so delighted with how this came out. I always thought this about fabrics: that some of them were more well-behaved than others. I’m not so sure now. There are so many things I try to get stingray to do (like go around corners) that it just won’t do. But filling in a shape? Genius. Wool will do what silk won’t, but give them their proper job to do, and nothing will do it better. I learned a lot about stingray doing this that will help me understand its potential better.

What I Made Today

Another little orrery-in-a-book:

Book Block and Central Page Insert

Book Block and Central Page Insert

Binding the Base

Binding the Base

Back (Bottom) of Book

Back (Bottom) of Book

Block to Case

Block to Case

I thought I was so clever, putting little bars to elevate the curve of the opened pages. This would turn out to be a mistake.

 

Planets Corraled by Scissors

Planets Corralled by Scissors

Beginning the Solar System

Beginning the Solar System

Solar System Base in Book

Solar System Base in Book

Almost Finished

Almost Finished

It still is a couple of bubbles off true in several directions. I’ll straighten it up when the glue dries.

 

Leather Helmets!

And here it is: Leather Helmets – the early days of football And some more pictures:

Dust Jacket

Dust Jacket

Death of the Flying Wedge

Death of the Flying Wedge

An Early Big Game

An Early Big Game

John Heisman

John Heisman

Go Pack!

Leather Helmets is almost live! Glamor pics and up on the website tomorrow!

Leather Helmets

Leather Helmets

Dust Jacket

Dust Jacket

Endpapers

Endpapers

The Forward Pass

The Forward Pass

Sports Writers

Sports Writers

I asked my husband “What is the best thing ever said about football?” and he said “It’s back.”

Welcome To Hell!

I finally got all the bugs worked out! With eleven different pieces (not counting the little shopping bag) there were lots of glitches to track down.Here we go:

 

Contents

Contents

Welcome To Hell!

Welcome To Hell!

More Contents

More Contents

Booklets and Cards

Booklets and Cards

Hellmouth Pop-up Cards

Hellmouth Pop-up Cards

This has been one of my most fun projects ever. Even though I STILL have this wretched cold, I got up and worked all day on this for a week and a half! I’ll write it up and put it on the website tomorrow. The price is going to be around $185.