Bound for Glory!

This is pretty cool – at least I think it is. Lisa Morton, at the Iliad Bookshop sent word to me through my pal Christa Faust that a guy had come in with leather-bound copies of my Warhammer books. Apparently he had done it himself, and they looked pretty good.

Never one to resist appeals to my vanity, I popped over there to see for myself and they did look pretty good – so I bought ’em. And here they are!

Pretty damn cool, huh? They are, the Blackhearts Omnibus, and the Gotrek and Felix Omnibus Vol I, II and III. Whoever he was, the bookbinder didn’t just do bindings for the G+F and Blackhearts series. There were at least ten other Warhammer books in the collection, all neatly done up in black pleather.

Let me just say right here that this is the sort of thing I highly encourage. If anyone out there wants to make bound, embossed, gold-leafed, gem-encrusted or otherwise custom-crafted bindings for my books, or illustrations of their characters, or miniatures perhaps, I’m all for it, and I would love to see a snapshot or two of the finished product – which I would of course feature prominently on this blog.

Finally, to the anonymous bookbinder, let me just say, thanks! I love ’em! Keep up the good work!

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Date: Saturday, 24. April 2010 23:00
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  1. 1

    I have no jewels to squander, but a miniature….. Hmmmm….

  2. 2

    Probably a couple of pissed off cows with patches of their hide missing…but hey, very cool…the leatherbound books…not the skinless cows. :)

  3. 3

    Well, they were Naugahyde cows, which I don’t think are on the endangered species list.

  4. 4

    My new obsession is hunting out Folio Society editions of books I’ve been meaning to read for years. The tactile contrast between a luxury hardback (clothbound, heavy paper, gorgeous understated design, often illustrated) and your typical mass-market paperback is beyond mere words. And it’s something an e-book will never duplicate.

  5. 5

    Oops…missed the PLEATHER reference. Hmmm…I think I had a naugahyde burger at this little greasy spoon I’ll never eat at again. I’m still chewin’ it. But I digress (while trying to digest). My G&F 3rd Omni could use a nice bindery about now…rather dog-eared as I work through Manslayer.

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    George, hope you see this.

    The Folio Society books are a gateway drug to book collecting. All these delightful little details. My favorite is the “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” which is printed on a fine pale blue Albatross wove. One does wonder if the sacred vaults of that dark cabal of rabid bibliomanicas rang with chortles at the choice of paper.

    Once you’ve had your fill of Folios, start digging into The Limited Editions Club. Some of their books are astounding. I’d go into details but it would ruin the hunt.

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