The Quaritch visit

The entrance of Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

I am teaching bookbinding for a small friendly group every Tuesday afternoon in Chelsea. The class named “South West London Bookbinding Class”.
At the beginning of this year, one of the students talked about her visit to Quaritch.
Barnard Quaritch Ltd. is a long-established shop for rare books and manuscripts in central London. Everybody in the class has been interested in the shop since then.
This month, we managed to visit the shop and we had a wonderful time there.
The shop is beautifully decorated for Christmas and the staff were very friendly and kind. Our tour started with nice coffee and biscuits, after this warm welcome and casual talk, we entered the next room and there were some books that had been carefully selected to show us.
We all sat down by the round table and the one of the specialist staff explained these books individually. Most fortunately, we were able to handle these beautiful books.
It started with a medieval manuscript book and following historical order and up to 1930’s bindings. We were able to see various styles (and countries) of bindings made with quality materials. The beauty is not only binding, the book itself have beautiful manuscripts and printings. My favourite book was French design binding (perhaps made in1920’s) that is bound with red morocco and shark skin and leather doublers with gold tooling. It was so beautiful.
We ended this tour at the conservation room in the shop. It is clean and tidy snug room.
The conservator showed us current restoration work and some hand dyed papers for matching to the faded paper of old books restoration work.

More information about the Quaritch, please see the website as below.



The signboard in front of the shop

Quaritch specialist staff and our group by the round table

Talking about the books

Looking at the books