Lyra's Books

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Established in 2019, Lyra’s Books is an award-winning artisan bookbinder and independent publisher based in Shropshire, UK. We specialise in high quality rebinds and low limitation fine press titles. Here is our range of services and what we offer.
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About Us

Lyra’s Books was established by bookbinder Richard Tong. We produce luxury, handmade books using traditional skills that have been passed down through many generations of binders. As well as binding books, we are about to double up as a fine press publisher specialising in modern classics.

In early 2018, Richard was presented the prestigious Elizabeth Soutar award for his binding of ‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman. Of the two bindings he made, one is in the National Library Of Scotland and the other belongs to the author.

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Fine-Press Publishing

Fine press books are usually made in small numbers using the best quality materials available. All work, from the printing to the binding, is done by hand by skilled artisans. The craftsmanship is what gives fine press books their extraordinary value. The aim is to create beautiful books and an appreciation for those beautiful books. Fine Press can be seen as the gold standard of book production.
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Design Binding

More complex than a normal binding. This is a more artistic and painterly approach to creating a book. After reading, we will try to create a sense of what the book is about using various different binding techniques and materials. These techniques can often be very labour intensive and bindings can take a long time to create. More often than not, these are done for competitions and sometimes offered for sale at a later date.
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Re-Binding

This makes up 90% of our binding business – taking a valuable and rare book in poor condition and making it like new again. Generally we would remove the old book block from the cover, clean it up, re-strengthen it and bind it into a new case. All books that have been re-bound come with a protective box (solander or slipcase).
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Commissions

Please note that we rarely take on commission work as we don’t have the time. That being said, you are more than welcome to send us an email about potential work and we can advise you on schedule.