Handbound books, leather items and arcane ephemera

Tampere, Finland · 137 Sales


Handbound books, leather items and arcane ephemera

Tampere, Finland 137 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Custom orders available! See also my website shop at


Last updated on Jan 3, 2017

Custom orders available! See also my website shop at

E. Lundahl

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E. Lundahl


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Eve on Aug 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Magic tarot pouch, just perfect... ^_^ Great service, thanks a lot !


Ian on Aug 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect custom pouch, exactly what I was hoping for! The quality of the materials and workmanship are exceptional and the seller was very accommodating and helpful.

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Littera scripta manet

I am a 30 year old professional bookbinder and visual artist from Finland.

Besides being a master bookbinder by trade, I am also a lover of old books and all things related. I believe in antique rubbish, slow living, small pleasures and natural decay. In my books I want to convey the spirit of quality over quantity. I prefer to use well chosen organic materials, both new and recycled, to avoid cluttering the Earth with rubbish and to ensure that each book will serve its owner for many years to come. While I use free range goatskin for most of my finer bindings, I try to select recycled material for the less restricting work.

My work is a constant, slow process of inventing and learning, and I never quite seem to "arrive". I have a wide range of interests, so I rarely commit myself to just one specific thing for a very long time. You can find more information about my creative processes by following my blog or my Facebook page.

If you didn't find what you were looking for in my Etsy shop, check out my website where my main shop is located. If you're interested in a custom piece, don't hesitate to get in touch!

Shop members

  • E. Lundahl

    Owner, Maker, Artist

Shop policies

Last updated on August 10, 2016
My aim is to produce well-made, sturdy and unique books for everyday use; Some of them quite plain and simple, some more elaborate. I use only quality materials, both new and recycled. I have studied bookbinding since 2007 and have completed a vocational degree in it. All my books are clean and functional and made with attention to detail. All these things together are what "fine" in my opinion stands for.

All the book blocks are handbound and hand-trimmed, not readymades bought from craft stores. Most of my books also feature sturdy, handsewn silk headbands with a core of leather or hemp cord - these add a unique touch and also support the book when you're pulling it from the shelf. If the book has endpapers, the book block is usually attached to the covers with mull and a protective hinge, which is made of leather or bookcloth. The hinge prevents the endpapers from unnecessary wear & abrasion caused by folding the book open and close. These are only a few of the many details that are featured in my books.

All my book necklaces are made of of repurposed leather, paper and cardboard - some of them are made of reclaimed material, and some of little scraps that bookbinders tend to produce when making larger pieces. These are very sustainable and earth-friendly items in which the only new part is the leather-like cord along with the metal ring that connects the cord to the book.

I got my own business ID in January 2010 and have been binding books for customers ever since.

You can also find more images and information on my website: or from my online photostream:

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges

Returns are accepted within the first two months after the purchase. Please note that I will not take returns after this period of time has passed; It is your responsibility to check the suitability of your purchase as soon as you receive it.

If the item you received is a wrong one or comes with flaws, cases such as...
- you get a different item than what was pictured and described to you in the listing
- the item is faulty, ie. it does not function or comes with tears, stains or other faults which I as a binder am responsible of will get a full refund (selling price and shipping).

Unfortunately I can't refund or repair things damaged in the mail. I take great care in packaging the books. If damages occur, it is caused by incredible carelessness on behalf of the postal service and they are the ones who should be contacted about it.

Please note that I will not refund items that were custom made, unless they are faulty or not made according to the deal discussed beforehand. "I didn't like it" or "I changed my mind" is not a reason good enough for a full refund on a custom-made item. By purchasing a custom-made item you have agreed to pay for the work and materials that go into making of it.


If the item gets lost in the mail, I can refund you the price of the said item but not its shipping costs. Please understand that my time and money is also in the book and if it goes lost, it is a loss both to the buyer and the maker, and I have to compensate it somehow.


If you have previously purchased a book from me and later on want to have it altered (ie. cover, foreleaves or pages changed, details added), contact me about it and I can give you a quota.
Please note that I don't work for free.

If you wish to return a book or there is something wrong with your order, please send me a message and we'll discuss it further!
PayPal is preferred but feel free to contact me about other payment options. I expect payment to be sent within 7 days.
All items are shipped as soon as possible, usually in 1-4 days - If you're located outside of Europe please allow a week or so of this earthly time for them to arrive. I generally pack the books with plastic, paper and bubblewrap and ship them in recycled bubblewrap envelopes or flat boxes. Please contact me separately if you want an insurance or tracking for your shipment.

When you're making a purchase make sure that your shipping info is correct: I can't be responsible for things that get lost/sent to a wrong address when you have provided me with wrong details in the first place. I will ship to the address that is provided in your Etsy profile - not the one in the PayPal receipt.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm open to all sorts of custom orders, just drop me a message. I'm a bookbinder, so I don't do printing, but I can bind printed matter if it is provided by the customer.