About Us

Book binding

Ludlow bookbinders are steeped in the finest traditions of English Craft Bookbinding.

We produce short run, leather or cloth bound books, for bespoke limited editions, complete with slipcases or Solander boxes.

Our papers are sourced from Nepal, Japan, Italy, France, and Germany, and we use the finest of English hand-marbled papers.

We have an astonishing array of leathers and book cloths, from all over the world, and can create and advise on the widest range of colour and material combinations.

In addition, we offer edge gilding and foil blocking 'in house' and have access to craftsmen across the country, from silversmiths and engravers, to foredge painters and book designers.

Our award winning design team will work with you to produce a stunning book that reflects your personality and that of the author or organisation.

We also offer repairs: invisibly, seamlessly and to the highest museum grade standards and rebinds, for those treasured tomes.

It is our belief that our hand bound books, properly looked after, will last for generations and there's not much, made now, that will do that!

Recent News

Lady Roberts Keeper of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle accepting a Solander Box made by Phil Parkins on behalf of HM Queen from The Master of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

Company History

This article is about an extarordinary man called Charlie Smith, who worked for Paul Kidson's family firm, JW  Braithwaite and Son Ltd  for over 70 years. 

The article celebrates the first 65 years. He was trained by Paul's Great Grandfather JW Braithwaite and he went on to train Derek Roden who in turn trained Phil Parkins who is now Paul's right hand man at Ludlow Bookbinders.

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