Atlas of the British Empire

Atlas of the British Empire

A miniature atlas bound for Neale Albert of New York. The binding is goatskin and has been decorated with an onlaid map of the world, the British Empire in pink. The book has been enclosed in a globe made with silver hinge and catch which has again been inlaid and onlaid with a world map and tooled with the lines of longitude and the oceans currents. This has then been enclosed in a rosewood box again with hand made fittings. The turned interior of the box is tooled with the constellations on...

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Essex Police Book of Remembrance

Essex Police Book of Remembrance

Binding for the Essex Police Book of Remembrance with detail (below) from the back of the book representing the saffron crocus (stamens in gold) of Saffron Walden. The binding of this vellum manuscript book is in goatskin and pigskin with gold and palladium tooling.

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Alphabets of Stones

Alphabets of Stones

Book designed and hand-printed by George Kirkpatrick, using inkjet on bockingford paper. It is a collection on five complete alphabets found naturally occurring on pebbles and stones from British beaches which have been collected over several years by George and his wife Gillian Tait. They have been photographed as found without any alterations. The binding replicates the idea of a collection of polished pebbles lying on a beach, the pebbles being in bas-relief and covered in scraps of multi-coloured leathers. Contained in a protective box (above), title tooled gold on spine. A selection of...

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Royal Ulster Constabulary Book of Remembrance

Royal Ulster Constabulary Book of Remembrance

Detail from the binding of the Book of Remembrance for the Royal Ulster Constabulary. With (below) the binder discussing his work with H.R.H. Princess Alexandra at the unveiling ceremony. This vellum manuscript book has now had five more volumes added to it.

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Ithaka

Ithaka

The poem Ithaka, bound for Margaret Albert of New York. The book has been designed, illustrated and printed by George Kirkpatrick, as well as bound. The case represents a Greek temple with columns in white alum tawed pigskin, the ship on the cover being meant to sail into the box.  

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Heart box made and presented to Dr. Mo Mowlem, the then Northern Ireland Secretary in the British Government. She had worked tirelessly and with persistence and good humour for peace in Northen Ireland and with US President Bill Clinton and others oversaw the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. The inlaid shamrock decoration on the lid has been based on the earlierĀ  bindings produced for the Royal Ulster Constabulary Books of Remembrance. The sides of the box contain the quotation ‘Blessed are the peacemankers‘. Mo Mowlem died in August 2005. Below further...

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