handbound books, boxes & portfolios

Melbourne, Australia · 130 Sales


handbound books, boxes & portfolios

Melbourne, Australia 130 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Handmade books, Japanese-style and archival boxes, and portfolios.


Handmade books, Japanese-style and archival boxes, and portfolios.

Christopher Parry

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Christopher Parry

limp cloth journal - grey Library Buckram
limp paper journal - navy blue Italian
limp paper journal - chocolate brown Italian
A4 portfolio - grey floral Thai


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

sb975 on Sep 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This journal is really great - beautifully made with good quality paper. Christopher was great to deal with with prompt replies. Definitely recommend.


SummerRT on Sep 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic! Exactly what I wanted :) thank you!

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Bookbinding . . . the preservation of lost time.

I have always loved books and from a young age wanted to be a writer. With a growing collection of poems published, I read that Virginia Woolf wrote her diaries in journals bound by herself. It seemed to me wonderful that a book could have a literary legacy and also have the added aspect of the book being physically created by the author.

From that day on I was hooked. I gradually stopped writing and started binding.

So into my tiny flat in Hackney, London I brought some basic tools, boards and papers. I read widely, attended lectures at the Art Workers Guild, bought highest quality materials I could afford, made many mistakes and learned the trade of a bookbinder, mastering many styles of binding and branching out from books to portfolios and archival boxes.

I still work from home but now in a flat in Melbourne, Australia. More recently I have become attracted to the simplicity and beauty of Japanese and Chinese bindings. I use traditional Asian bookbinding methods in new areas such as making portfolios which are inspired by 4-sided Japanese boxes.

Even now as the wooden handles of my paste brushes are becoming worn with use, I'm still learning and intend to be a willing apprentice until I paste down my last endpaper.


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  • Christopher Parry

    Owner, Bookbinder

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Last updated on November 25, 2013

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Items are carefully and robustly packaged.

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Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, I will be happy to issue an exchange or refund minus the shipping. Please contact me within 3 days after delivery confirmation for a refund or exchange. However, please note that it will be the buyer's responsibility to pay for the costs to ship the item back and the items must be unused and in the original state. Shipping back returns to the seller must be done with the same method and care as initially received.

Once I receive the item, I will be happy issue you an exchange or refund minus the shipping. I must be notified of your return through Etsy conversation prior to sending back the parcel.

If there is ever a problem with an item please let me know so I can endeavour to make things right. Do not hesitate to contact us!

Refunds and exchanges are not accepted with custom orders.